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Jun. 3rd, 2008

Felicity - Arrow



Hmmm. Interesting. I still haven't found a primary source for this information, but I've found it mentioned at these fan web sites (both of which are very interesting, btw, if you haven't visited them before).

Basically, what they say is that there was a period in the 20s and 30s when retired (and in some cases married) Takarasiennes returned to perform with the Revue. The term they use is 復帰 (fukki), which can be translated as (1) "return; comeback" or (2) "reinstatement".

This site states that Wakana Kimiko retired in 1925, and in 1926 Yukino Fujiko, Tatsumi Sumiko, Suminoe Kishiko, and Ariake Tsukiko, and that they then "fukki"ed in 1927, for three years. They say that this is probably from something they found in Ikeda Bunko Library (which apparently has an impressive collection on Takarazuka).

This one quotes directly from Kageki issues in 1927 when they talk about Suminoe Kishiko's return in 1927. They also mention that countless seito left and returned around 1930-31. Apparently Kobayashi Ichizou had created the 国民座 (Kokuminza), The People's Theater, and a lot of seito left Takarazuka to join it. When it went under, they returned to Takarazuka.

I find that really interesting. The 90th anniversary book lists Suminoe Kishiko as retiring in '26, but Yukino Fujiko as retiring in '34 and Wakana Kimiko as retiring in '31. Revisionist history? Garbled fan research? Or just too many versions of the story?
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Apr. 12th, 2008

Antoinette Among Roses


News Article

The Ikedabunko Library in Ikeda, Osaka Prefecture recently made "more than 7,000 audiovisual and written accounts of folk performances recorded by the Takarazuka Revue" available to the public!

Check out the article!

Apr. 9th, 2008

Felicity - Arrow


Vintage English Daigekijou Pamphlet

Does anyone know anything about English programs for the Daigekijou from the 40s/50s? I mean, I've seen pages with English before in programs, but not complete programs.

I just bought one at auction, and it's 6 pages front/back, only a cover image on the front, and ads on the back, all English text, from 1951. It's just prior to the end of the Allied occupation, so I'm curious if this was related to that? Anyone else found any of these?

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Also, am I the only one reminded of a certain other retired musumeyaku star when I look at Asakura Michiko? ;)

Mar. 29th, 2008

Felicity - Arrow



This happens every once in a while, but one of the Japanese used-book shops has posted a lot of their things on ebay.

I'll admit, I don't usually cave for programs at these prices, but I did find a couple of the 70th anniversary publications I've been on the lookout for. :)

Mar. 25th, 2008

Red and white curtains


Some Vintage scans and profiles

It's been a while, hasn't it!

In order to distract myself from the evils of packing and cleaning in order to move, I dove into making a few vintage profiles on the TakaWiki.

I figured some of you might find the scans, if nothing else, interesting, so rather than reposting the scans here, I'll point you in the proper direction:

Haruno Wakako: 1919 - 1926
Okitsu Namiko: 1920 - 1925
Hatsuse Otowako: 1918 - 1928
Ikuno Michiko: 1918 - 1927
Sumino Saeko: 1924 - 1932
Akita Tsuyuko: 1916 - 1925

Takigawa Sueko (1913) 1913 - 1931
(Isn't the family resemblance amazing? You can find a larger scan and the scan of another post card on my personal LJ Here

Perhaps I'll go fill in Takigawa Sueko's and Haruno Wakako's profiles a bit more.... and perhaps scan a few more for new profiles. Classic Takarazuka fills my heart with joy <3

Nov. 7th, 2007

Felicity - Arrow


TMS in the late 50s

I read this recently, and thought it might be appreciated here! It's from an interview with Matsumoto Yuri, the second most senior member of the revue today. The article was in the Mainichi Shinbunsha publication "Takarazuka 2001-2002: New Waves in Takarazuka". Earlier, she talked about her extensive training in traditional Japanese dance, starting from when she was 5 years old (she became a master of her school of dance when she was in junior high), and the loss of her father when she was very young. Here she talks about her time in the Takarazuka Music School. She graduated in 1957, and the picture she paints of TMS seems very different from today....

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Oct. 18th, 2007



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Does anyone know when in 1946 the Daigejikou reopened?

Aug. 20th, 2007

Red and white curtains


A Note or Two

Please, feel more than free to share things here - perhaps you have a photo you'd like others to see. Perhaps you have some thoughts after looking at an old program or listening to an old record.

There's only three things that I ask:

  • In the spirit of keeping this a "Vintage" Takarazuka community, please try to keep any media at least 25-30 years old, and any anecdotes, etc., related to things from this same timeframe. A little leeway is always acceptable, but I figure that some general guideline is good.

  • ALL MEDIA must be placed under friends lock. No exceptions. All of the things shared here should, realistically, be long out of print and from our own personal collections, but it's probably best to be safe

  • ABOVE ALL ELSE: Respect each other and respect the things that are posted here.

I hope you have fun <3

Aug. 14th, 2007

Red and white curtains


A beginning....

The Introduction
In this world of Takarazuka - where we're bombarded with new DVDs and Cds, news and events, SkyStage productions and sparkly new performances on a close-to-daily basis, it's easy to forget where everything began

In part, this is because of the very ephemeral nature of Takarauka itself - all things have their time. A successful show will last only so long as it is scheduled; A star will only reign over a certain period of time. Most seito seem to retire between their 25th and 30th birthdays.

But all of these fleeting moments build a rich tapestry where each performer, each performance, is a delicate yet vital thread that combines with others to create a whole.

My Mission
As I slowly, slowly collect vintage Takarazuka things, I want to share and help others to see and appreciate the rich tradition behind all that we have come to adore. I invite you all to do the same!

I hope to share at least one picture a week with you - sometimes more, but always at least that.

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