The success of the extravagant, all-woman Takarazuka theatrical troupe over the past decade owes a great deal to Japan’s economic decline since the bubble economy of the late 1980s burst, according to Shinji Ueda, president of the Takarazuka Revue Co.

“People are itching for some gaiety so they can forget reality; at least they can do that during the performance,” said 68-year-old Ueda, who has written scripts for the troupe for nearly 45 years.

Unable to view this article?

This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.

If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.

We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.