As the population shrinks and competition from overseas stiffens, even the most popular local theater troupes are finding it increasingly difficult to attract new fans at home. So now they're taking their shows abroad.

For example, in April, the all-female Takarazuka Revue Company performed in Taiwan. It was the first overseas undertaking in which the musical troupe handled everything itself, from ticket sales and promotion to renting a theater.

The show was tailored to impress the Taiwanese audience by including a new routine based on a popular Taiwanese martial arts novel. All performances were sold out.