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Takarazuka: Sexual Politics and Popular Culture in Modern Japan (review)

Takarazuka: Sexual Politics and Popular Culture in Modern Japan (review) TAKARAZUKA: SEXUAL POLITICS AND POPULAR CULTURE IN MODERN JAPAN. By Jennifer Robertson. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998. 278 pp. Cloth $40.00; paper $15.95 Until I read this book I had never given much thought to the Takarazuka Revue. Years ago simple curiosity took me to the Tokyo Takarazuka Theatre a couple of times just to see what all the fuss was about. The productions, many of them musicals, feature all-female casts. The stories and settings draw liberally (and loosely) from world history and geography. Expect anything at the Takarazuka: from the Tale of Genji­ inspired imperial court to twentiethcentury Paris-in-the-springtime. In reading the book I was surprised to learn the degree to which the revue, which had its start some eighty-five years ago, is flourishing today. The author reports that a fifth stage troupe has recently been added to the Takarazuka organization, which comprises about seven hundred people in all, of whom some four hundred are performers. The main venues for shows are the Grand Theatre, the centerpiece of the Takarazuka hot springs resort complex located just outside of Osaka, and the Tokyo Takarazuka Theatre in the fashionable Ginza section of the city. Both houses can accommodate http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Theatre Journal University of Hawai'I Press

Takarazuka: Sexual Politics and Popular Culture in Modern Japan (review)

Asian Theatre Journal , Volume 17 (1) – Mar 1, 2000

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TAKARAZUKA: SEXUAL POLITICS AND POPULAR CULTURE IN MODERN JAPAN. By Jennifer Robertson. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998. 278 pp. Cloth $40.00; paper $15.95 Until I read this book I had never given much thought to the Takarazuka Revue. Years ago simple curiosity took me to the Tokyo Takarazuka Theatre a couple of times just to see what all the fuss was about. The productions, many of them musicals, feature all-female casts. The stories and settings draw liberally (and loosely) from world history and geography. Expect anything at the Takarazuka: from the Tale of Genji­ inspired imperial court to twentiethcentury Paris-in-the-springtime. In reading the book I was surprised to learn the degree to which the revue, which had its start some eighty-five years ago, is flourishing today. The author reports that a fifth stage troupe has recently been added to the Takarazuka organization, which comprises about seven hundred people in all, of whom some four hundred are performers. The main venues for shows are the Grand Theatre, the centerpiece of the Takarazuka hot springs resort complex located just outside of Osaka, and the Tokyo Takarazuka Theatre in the fashionable Ginza section of the city. Both houses can accommodate

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Asian Theatre JournalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Mar 1, 2000

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