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Info/images of the Takarazuka Revue, Japanese all-female theatre troupes that perform musicals.
~ GET VIDEOS, CDS, AND Merchandise ~
 
CONTENTS
Performance Types
Order Merchandise
Rent Videos
Get Copies
Takarazuka Satellite Channel
Trade & Fan Distribution

~~~~~~~~~~~PERFORMANCE TYPES

Takarazuka performances are available in various formats:

VHS: Musical & Revue set, Musical, Dinner Show, Tea Party, and Specials

DVD: Musical & Revue set and Musical

TV: Japanese TV channels air Musicals, Revues, Specials, and Interviews

CD: Full Soundtracks and CD Singles

Audio Cassette Tape: Piano-only versions of Musical & Revue theme songs

Radio: Japanese radio channels air Specials and Interviews

LD: Older Musicals and Revues can be found on out-of-print laserdiscs

LP: Older Musical and Revue soundtracks and singles can be found on out-of-print records

Videos are in NTSC format. DVDs are non-regional (can be played on any region-encoded player) or region 2.

 

~~~~~~~~~~~ ORDER MERCHANDISE

Here's a list of places you can buy Takarazuka merchandise, as well as instructions on how to order from the main export company. =)

If you have in mind what you'd like but aren't familiar with the titles, feel free to e-mail me by removing the spaces: dioptase @ quixium .com Let me know if you would like video recommendations or info on titles. I can likely find out item numbers also.

Takarazuka-an (Japanese)
Takarazuka-an at Rakuten.co.jp
videos, DVDs, CDs, cassettes - international orders in Japanese or English
 
TAKARAZUKA AUDIO VISUAL SHOPPING SITE (Japanese)
official Takarazuka Revue site
videos, DVDs, CDs, cassettes, sheet music - orders within Japan in Japanese
 
TAKARAZUKA NET!! (Japanese)
videos, DVDs, CDs, magazines, programs, other collectibles - orders within Japan in Japanese
 
HANKYU BOOKS (Japanese)
official Takarazuka Revue site
books, magazines, calendars - orders within Japan in Japanese
 
Sasuga Bookstore
Sasuga does not stock Takarazuka books or magazines,
but you can see if they will special order by sending an e-mail describing the item.
international orders in English
 
Yahoo! Auctions Japan - Search for Takarazuka (Japanese)
Rinkya English-language Bidding Service
Japanese version of Yahoo! Auctions - bidding/transaction in Japanese
 
eBayJapan - Search for Takarazuka (Japanese)
Japanese version of eBay - bidding/transaction in Japanese

Takarazuka-an online store sells new and used Takarazuka videos, DVDs, and CDs.

Takarazuka-an ships to many countries in the world. You can order in English or Japanese, and pay by credit card, money transfer, or other methods. If you don't know Japanese to use the website shopping cart, you can order through Takarazuka-an company without using their website. You can send an e-mail in English saying what items you'd like to buy.

The e-mail address is: info@takarazuka-an.co.jp

Here are the ordering instructions a friend gave me:
A huge thank you to Genevieve for the information!

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Send your first e-mail containing the following information:

Items you are buying
Your credit card number and billing address
Your shipping address (if different from the billing address)

You will receive a reply containing your total including shipping. Takarazuka-an uses translation software, so their English can be hard to understand. To complete the order, you must reply to this message saying the amount is fine. They'll e-mail you again when they ship your package. =)

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If you want to see images of Takarazuka shows for ideas on what to order, there are images of Takarazuka videos on the following webpages:

http://www.takarazuka-video.com
http://home.interlink.or.jp/%7Eshow-m/musi/index.htm

You can view these sites through an English translator:

http://www.excite.co.jp/world/url/

Place a URL into the provided space on this page, select the right radio button, and then push the orange-edged button.

If you like a picture from the sites, or are looking for a specific type of show, just let me know and I can tell you the title of video. =)

 

~~~~~~~~~~~ RENT VIDEOS

You can rent/borrow Takarazuka videos at these locations:

 

Idol Land
Japanese video rental store has TONS of Takarazuka videos for renting
Phone: (626) 573-5345
107 North Lincoln Avenue
Monterey Park, CA 91754
Store Hours:

Sunday

11AM - 7PM

Monday

11AM - 8PM

Tuesday

11AM - 8PM

Wednesday

Closed

Thursday

11AM - 8PM

Friday

11AM - 8PM

Saturday

11AM - 8PM

 
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Video Japan 2
Japanese video rental store has 4 Takarazuka videos for renting
1735 W. Carson St., Torrance, CA 90501
Thomas Brothers Map Page & Grid: 531, H-5

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Indiana University Audiovisual Lending Library
List of Videos
Students & school teachers in the area can borrow 2 Takarazuka videos

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Humanities To Go - Video and Exhibit Lending Library
List of Women's Studies Videos
Residents of Indiana can borrow English-language Takarazuka documentary

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U.C.L.A. Center for Japanese Studies
List of Japanese Videos
English-language Takarazuka documentary for viewing at the Instructional Media Library
Located at 46 Powell Library at U.C.L.A.
Contact for Information (310) 825-0755

 

~~~~~~~~~~~ GET COPIES

If you have don't have access to Japanese TV channels and radio programs but know someone who does, you could ask him/her to record programs and you reimburse the cost of the tapes and shipping. It never hurts to ask, and oftentimes a friend is happy to help out. =)

The official Takarazuka website has a list of upcoming features on TV and radio here:

Hankyu.co.jp - Takarazuka Revue Media and Event

 

~~~~~~~~~~~ SATELLITE CHANNEL

Takarazuka Revue is going to have its own satellite broadcasting channel staring this April, 2002! This will provide theatre performances and a myriad of exclusive programming 24 hours, 7 days a week. You can check out the official website:

Takarazuka Sky Stage

There was a survey to fill out on the website which has concluded. I wrote and asked for the channel to be available internationally. It would be so wonderful if we could get the satellite channel in countries outside of Japan. It is not available overseas, but if you would like to request it also, please send an e-mail to Takarazuka:

cs110@hankyu.co.jp

You might want to include: your name spelled out in hiragana and your original language, your address, your phone number, your fax number (if applicable), ideas for satellite channel programming, and of course your e-mail address.
 

In the survey, fans could suggest what types of programs and any specific performances they'd like to see air on the channel. Here is a copy of what I submitted in the idea form. (I hope my Japanese doesn't have a lot of mistakes.... they will understand it, at least.) Maybe it will give you some ideas.

In English:
Regarding the Takarazuka Revue channel, please make it international! I'm an American. I live in Los Angeles, California. I'd really like to see the Takarazuka Revue channel! There are Takarazuka fans in other countries as well, aren't there? As it's a bit difficult to see shows and stars outside of Japan, a daily channel would be so wonderful!
My ideas: I'd like to see past and future Shinjin performances! ("Melancholic Gigolo", "Elisabeth", & "Eden no Higashi", for example) I'd also like to watch Takarsienne tour videos.... Maya Miki in Salinas, Shizuki Asato in Australia, etc. Aika Mire's "LOVIN YOU" dinner show, Shizuki Asato's "Angel in Music" dinner show, performances not released on video, tea parties, retired star concert videos, and if possible, Ichiro Maki's Toho "Elisabeth" musical.
An original morning drama would be great too! Like the TV shows "Ten Urara" and "Asuka", it could be the story of a Takarasienne's life.
Also, a parody program, because TCA parodies are funny.
Thank you very much!

 

~~~~~~~~~~~ TRADE & FAN DISTRIBUTION

Takarazuka allows personal fan-to-fan trading and lending of Takarazuka videos recorded from TV, but asks that fans refrain from creating copy/distribution services (such as through a website or club).

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If you have and would like to trade a copy of any Takarazuka performances recorded from TV, I can trade various Takarazuka performances, Japanese TV programs, movies, and anime (as well as new and used manga) so please e-mail me by removing the spaces: dioptase @ quixium .com

I cannot do open distribution, but if you would like to check my Wish List and you have something that is listed on it, I would be happy to trade it with you for a copy of one or more of the Takarazuka videos that I have. =)

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Many Japanese animation, TV drama series, and movies are translated, subtitled, and distributed for free by fansubbers in countries other than Japan. These fans want to promote awareness and enjoyment of programs that have not been licensed for sale in their native language. Fansubs are somewhat controversial. Fansubs are not intended to be an alternative to buying commercial products, but rather a way to try something before buying. Do not ever buy a fansubbed video that is being sold for profit. Sale and rental of fansubs or any other video copies is an ILLEGAL and CRIMINAL offense. If you enjoy a video copy, please do purchase the licensed product. This justly supports the livelihood of the actors and creators, encourages more shows you'd like to be produced, and gives you the highest quality in your video.

To my knowledge, no Takarazuka performances have been fansubbed. Takarazuka fansubs may be considered in the future, as there have been more and more live-action TV series and movies translated into English and other languages.

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