Episode 33: West Side Story

Join Carly, Heidi, and Lella for a recap of recent news and an in-depth report of Cosmos Troupe’s recent production of West Side Story in Tokyo.

LINKS:

West Side Story: Tokyo International Forum cast
Takarazuka Journal review of West Side Story (Japanese)
Carly’s translation of the program special talk
West Side Story special edition Le Cinq (Amazon)
Asaka Manato in NYC
Reimi Urara’s Instagram

Episode 32: Musumeyaku

Join Jen and Julie for some top star musumeyaku love. Present and past star love, with a bit of talk about musumeyaku fandom. (This was recorded the weekend just before Chapi’s retirement was announced, which is why we don’t mention it at all.)

PS – Okay! Email us with trivia questions for our game at takarazukapodcast@gmail.com.

PPS – This wasn’t mentioned in the podcast, but here is Tsubasa Makoto gushing about getting to be on stage with her former partner Dan Rei again today. I feel like we see a lot of these kinds of posts from OG musumeyaku, but not from OG otokoyaku.

Tsukushi Mari (1953)
Takamiya Sachi (1978)
Haruka Kurara (1983)
Hanafusa Mari (1999)

Links to Things Mentioned In the Podcast:
West Side Story
Makoto Tsubasa’s Koshiji Fubuki Tribute Concert blog post
Red River flier
Valentino

Actresses Mentioned:
Aihara Mika
Aono Yuki (Marimo)
Ayano Kanami
Dan Rei
Hanafusa Mari (O-Hana)
Haruka Kurara
Hizuki Hana (Ume)
Hoshikaze Madoka
Hoshina Yuri
Kisaki Airi
Konno Mahiru
Maaya Kiho
Manaki Reika (Chapi)
Misaki Rion (Mirion)
Nono Sumika
Sakurano Ayane
Senna Ayase
Shirahane Yuri (Tonami)
Toono Asuka
Tsukikage Hitomi (Gun-chan)

Special #10: World of Dreams

A round table episode with a bunch of the fans who came to see World of Dreams in Seattle, recorded live at the after party. Along with Carly, Jen, and Heidi, a special appearance of Erin’s voice! Also many thanks to Al, Amelia, Connie, Gen, Karin, Maizy, Megan, Rachel and everyone for sharing their many experiences over the weekend.

If you missed our video interview with the OGs who performed in the show, check it out here.

Lots of photos and videos were taken over the course of the weekend. If you have any you’d like to share, please link them in the comments below!

(Also, Jen apologizes for being really, really tipsy. This would explain why she said “Cornell” instead of “Cornish” during that one anecdote. Everyone else is lovely and eloquent, though, so don’t miss out!)

Special #9: Quiz Game!

Come join Carly, Heidi, and Jen and pit yourself against some crazy Takarazuka song trivia!

Can you name the singer, year, show and (toughest of all) song title? All are from Grand Theater shows from 2000-2017, sung by the top star.

Don’t be shy, let us know how you did in the comments!

Final score was..... *drumroll* ....

(Don’t cheat… but if you must, here are the answers.)

If you have any ideas for other games we can play on the podcast, please let us know!

PS – This ep is PG-13 for mild cussing. ;D

Episode 31: Asaka Manato

Join Julie, Kitty, Heidi, and Carly for a love-filled tribute to retiring Cosmos Troupe top star Asaka Manato! WARNING: contains Land of the Gods/Classical Bijoux spoilers.

LINKS:

Kitty’s translations
Rose scene – Dream Kingdom
Asaka Manato/Misaki Rion farewell talk translation

ACTRESSES MENTIONED:

Asaka Manato (Maakun)
Serika Toa (Kiki)
Misaki Rion (Mirion)
Kotobuki Tsukasa

SHOWS MENTIONED:

A Motion
Chateau de la Reine/ VIVA FESTA
Count of Monte Cristo
Takarazuka’s Dream Kingdom
Pale Kiss
Rose of Versailles: Oscar (2014)
Marrakech
The Bund/Neon Shanghai
Code Hero
Canaria
Phantom (2011)
Gone with the Wind (2013)
Melancholic Gigolo
Land of the Gods/Classical Bijoux
Oath of the Midnight Sun/Phoenix Takarazuka
Shakespeare/HOT EYES

Episode 30: Visiting Japan and Buying Tickets

This week Heidi, Lella, and Carly talk in-depth about traveling to Japan to see Takarazuka and the various ways you can procure tickets, both official and secondhand.

Helpful links:

Transportation:
airfarewatchdog.com
Hopper
japan-rail-pass.com
willerexpress.com/en/
PASMO/SUICA cards

General Accommodations:
booking.com
APA Hotels
MyStays
Airbnb

Hostels in Takarazuka:
Takara-ya
Renoir
Pucchi House

Official tickets:
English ticket site
Japanese ticket site

Secondhand tickets and ticket trading:
ticketcamp.net
ticket.co.jp
okepi.net

Sorry for the server disruption!

Some of you may have noticed we overdid it this month and used too much bandwidth on our server. To prevent this from happening in the future, and to make certain that the files are always available, we are going to be creating a back-up channel on YouTube.

Our video podcasts will be exclusively on YouTube. Unfortunately, this means they will no longer show up in the podcast feed, although you’ll still get alerts if you follow the blog here!

Takarazuka Fan Podcast YouTube Channel

Episode 29: Nihonmono

Join Carly, Julie, and Jen as they tackle that most exotic of Takarazuka musical genres: the nihonmono. A bit of a rambling summary of Japanese history, a bit about favorite motifs, what’s to love about nihonmono, and a loooong bit about some of our favorites! (Jen apologizes for her incoherent rambling in this episode.)

Things mentioned in the episode:

Shows mentioned in this episode:

Actresses mentioned in this show:

Glossary:

 

 

Special #8: Takarazuka OG Performance in Seattle + Interview [vid podcast]

We have a VERY special video episode for you! This December, four Takarazuka OGs—Mariho Erina, Ayaka Rei, Shiho Nanami, and Tama Mayura—will be performing World of Dreams, a lecture and concert introducing American audiences to the world of Takarazuka, at the Cornish Playhouse in Seattle! In advance of this performance, the Takarazuka Fan Podcast interviewed the actresses about their time in Takarazuka, their thoughts about performing overseas, and more!

We’re so excited to be able to bring you this exclusive interview, and if you have any questions or Seattle area recommendations for the actresses, be sure to leave them in the comments!

Special thanks to the entire podcast team plus Chems for chipping in with the translation/subtitling, and to Sakiko for organizing the interview.

World of Dreams will be taking place on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 4:30pm at the Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center. For more information visit the Facebook page.

Note: To save on server space, we are moving our video podcasts to YouTube. Unfortunately, this means they will no longer show up in the podcast feed.


Recorded 13th July, 2017

Actresses:
Mariho Erina
Ayaka Rei
Shiho Nanami
Tama Mayura

Glossary:
Otokoyaku: Actresses who play male roles
Musumeyaku: Actresses who play female roles
Onnayaku: Also female role players, but typically more mature roles
Shinjin Kouen: “Newcomer performances,” special performances held for each Grand Theater production that feature young stars who have been in the company for 7 years or less.
Nihonmono: Traditional Japanese productions
OG: Literally “old girl,” referring to actresses who have retired from Takarazuka.
Obi: The sash worn with a kimono.