Dazzling, unapologetically flamboyant, aspirational. I marveled at the unusual atmosphere of Takarazuka City, atypical of the modern urbanscapes you often witness in Japan.
A drove of exultant ladies of preened attires walked side by side down the “Hana-no-Michi” (Flower Street), beaming with excitement.
Oh, that’s right. They must have just had a fantastic time over at Takarazuka Revue.
If you haven’t already heard, Takarazuka Revue is the limelight, the center piece of Takarazuka City of Hyogo Prefecture. It is one of the few all-female theater troupes in the world, where women play the roles of both genders, putting together an entertaining, melodramatic show of elaborated dance choreography, enchanting singing in the most lavish costumes. Think of it as Japan’s own version of Broadway musical. read more