Locating the musics of modern Osaka

Hugh de Ferranti, Alison Tokita

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This chapter attempts to write an alternative history of Takarazuka, by re-interpreting its interwar and later history, centring on the key terms Japanese Western hybridity and national theatre. Takarazuka has been coupled with kabuki, a theatrical genre in which men perform female roles, and the tendency is to view it as something exotic. The Takarazuka Revue Company is a comparatively recent creation; originally, before the war, the English translation was usually Takarazuka Girls Opera, and this custom continued well after the war. The direction taken by Takarazuka in its attempt to establish a national theatre and be ranked as equal with Western opera can be reduced to Kobayashi Ichizs phrase, the opera-isation of kabuki. In 1932, Kobayashi established the Tokyo Takarazuka Corporation and expanded into Tokyo. The 20-year Japanese folk-dance series that began with the 1958 production of Kujira and ended with Matsuri no fantajii in 1978 illustrates this postwar archetype.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMusic, Modernity and Locality in Prewar Japan
Subtitle of host publicationOsaka and Beyond
EditorsHugh De Ferranti, Alison Tokita
Place of PublicationSurrey UK
PublisherAshgate Publishing Limited
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781472409881, 9781472409898
ISBN (Print)9781409411116
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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