ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS ~
musical with "VIVA!" revue will be performed September 29
to November 4 at the Takarazuka Grand Theatre. By Flower
Troupe, starring Aika Mire, Ootori Rei, Takumi Hibiki,
Juri Sakiho, and Haruno Sumire.
Mirage" musical with "Dancing Spirit!" revue will be
performed November 16 to December 25 at the Takarazuka
Grand Theatre. By Cosmos Troupe, starring Wao Youka,
Hanafusa Mari, Kozuki Wataru, and Iori Naoka.
- "Ai Moeru"
musical with "Rose Garden" revue will be performed
October 10 to November 12 at the Takarazuka Grand
Theatre. By Snow Troupe, starring Todoroki Yuu, Tsukikage
Hitomi, Emao Yuu, and Kozuki Wataru.
- "Chi to Suna"
musical will be performed from October 20 to October 29
at Takarazuka Bow Hall, and from November 2 to November 8
at the Tokyo Tokubetsu Kouen (Tokyo Special Theatre),
which apparently is the Nihon Seinankan in Setagaya. By
Moon Troupe, starring Shiomi Maho and Oozora Yuhi.
- "Versailles no
Bara 2001 ~ Oscar to Andre Hen" musical will be performed
August 17 to October 1 at the Takarazuka Grand Theatre.
By Star Troupe, starring Minoru Kou, Hoshina Yuri, and
- "Hana no
Narihira" musical with "Southern Cross Revue" revue will
be performed November 9 to December 23 at the Tokyo
Takarazuka Theatre. By Star Troupe, starring Kouju
Tatsuki, Hatsukaze Midori, Shikaze Kou, and Ayaki
- Ticket prices
and reservation phone numbers are at:
- A synopsis for
"Michaelangelo" is at the official Takarazuka English
site, and others will be added soon:
- "Chi to Suna" is
based on the novel "Sangre y arena", a.k.a. Blood and
Sand. If you do an internet search, you can find out info
about the storyline.
- The phone number
for Tokyo Tokubetsu Kouen is 03-5251-2071.
- I do not know
where this theatre is located, but the Japan Travel-Phone
service by Japan National Tourist Organization is for
visitors to the Tokyo region. English-speaking travel
experts can be contacted from 9-5 daily at 03-3201-3331.
They can probably provide you with directions to
theatres, and may be able to make a ticket reservation
for you as well.
/ "VIVA!" is top star Aika Mire's final show before she
retires. She is my favorite for many reasons and I
recommend her most highly, but you'd need to call for
tickets as soon as possible!
- Wao Youka,
Hanafusa Mari, Kozuki Wataru, and Iori Naoka are starring
in "Castelle Mirage" / "Dancing Spirit!", and all of them
are exceptional dancers. It seems like a show I'd be very
interested in buying after it is released on
- "Ai Moeru" /
"Rose Garden" stars Todoroki Yuu, who is excellent at
expression in her face. Her acting is top-notch; she won
a Japanese acting award for her latest show and I could
totally see why when I watched the video. She seems most
like a man of the current top stars, in my opinion. Emao
Yuu is also great at dramatic acting, and Kozuki Wataru
does realistic acting. Todoroki Yuu and Wataru are among
the best Takarazuka dancers, but are not that good in
- "Chi to Suna"
stars Shiomi Maho. Bow Hall shows are done by
Takarasiennes who are not yet top stars. When I saw that
Maho is getting a Bow, I thought "It's about time". I
enjoyed her performance in "LUNA" musical, though her
part was not very big. She has a serious sort of look,
and nice acting and singing. I haven't seen her dance
much, but she is one I like in particular and want to see
more of. This is a smaller production than the fancy
shows Takarazuka is best known for, being more personal
in a smaller theatre. Maybe as a first time you'd like to
see a classic-type big musical with revue, but this seems
a very good alternative if you can't get a ticket to one
usually start at 11:00 and 15:00 each day, but I think
one day a week has only one show starting at 13:00. I
think there are no shows on Wednesdays.
generally 2 hours and 40 minutes, plus the intermission.
You get two shows in a set, with the intermission between
them. "Chi to Suna" "Versailles no Bara" don't come with
a revue, so they are probably about the same length as a
set, but with intermission between two acts.
- Dates tickets go
"Castelle Mirage" /
Moeru" / "Rose Garden"
Suna" Tokyo Tokubetsu Kouen
Narihira" / "Southern Cross Revue"
- If you call for
any of the performances and tickets are sold-out, tickets
are available for bidding on through online auctions
being sold by individual sellers in Japan. You can chose
which seats you'd like to bid on.
- Here is the URL
for Michaelangelo auctions:
- You might
- This is an
auction bidding service, but I haven't tried it myself.
It can find an auction and bid for you. You say what you
want and how high to bid. They will bid for you and send
you the item if you win. They charge a fee for the
- If you can read
Japanese (at least a little), you can bid yourself. Yahoo
requires a credit card number, as they will charge you
per month for being a member of the auction bidding
service. Unfortunately, I don't know how to leave the
service, so it probabaly doesn't sound appealing to try
on your own.
- If you would
like to, here's the instructions:
- Payment to the
seller for auctions is by bank transfer or mail change.
Find out if you can do this through your bank.
- You need to sign
up with Yahoo as a new user if you're not already a
member. You can do this from the main page:
- You can use
Excite.co.jp to translate from Japanese to English and
from English to Japanese:
- Place the text
into the provided space, select the lower radio button,
and then push the orange-edged button.
- You can use the
text translator in one browser window to read it, and
input your information into the Yahoo page in another
- A friend told
- >Once you
filled that out, you will run into a roadblock
- >when you
make a bid. It will require that you read and
- >agree to a
large boilerplate statement and also require
- >you to enter
your first and last name, and make an
"self-introduction." Many registrants do
- >not fill out
the introduction, though, so you can
- >ignore that
if you want. I just wrote "Douzo yoroshiku."
hitting the enter button on that page, you'll be
- >sent a
verification code by email. You have to get that
- >code string
from your email and paste it into the verification
- >whose link
appears in that email to activate your account.
- The best method
is to completely register now, including attempting to
make a bid. Put in the bid amount as high as you are
willing to pay. After you type your bid amount and
password in the yellow box on the auction page, you will
get a confirmation page. Click on the long button to
finalize (actually input) your bid amount.
- As an
illustration, if the current bid price is 5500 yen, and
you are willing to spend up to 11000 yen, you would input
11000 yen. If there were already a current high bidder
who had put in a bid of less than 11000 yen; then you
would beat him and be the highest bidder at the increment
right above his maximum bid. If another person bids after
you, they will need to bid higher than your ceiling of
11000 yen to win.
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- Article © July 2001
by Stephanie M. Taylor