Special #13: Interview with Eri Chiaki

In August we had the amazing opportunity to interview former Flower Troupe musumeyaku Eri Chiaki at J.College in Takarazuka! She was delightful to talk to and she shared a lot of interesting stories about her time in Takarazuka. We hope you enjoy it! Special thanks to Sakiko for setting the interview up.

Eri Chiaki on Takawiki
Eri Chiaki’s blog w/ concert info (Japanese)

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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.

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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.

Special #2: Mitsuya Nao OG Interview [vid podcast]

We are SO excited to bring you this special episode! Through the help of some friends of the podcast, we were able to interview former Takarazuka Revue member (Flower Troupe: 1981-1990) and current singer and vocal teacher Mitsuya Nao. Mitsuya-san graciously met with Caroline in Tokyo at the end of June to do the interview, which was conducted in Japanese. We were stumped for a little while: What would be the best way to present this for a podcast? Translate every line after it was spoken? Dub over it? We finally settled on subtitles, which is why this podcast is in mp4 video format.

Mitsuya Nao will be visiting New York City and performing a concert on July 24th at the Duplex Cabaret Theater. For more details, or to pre-order tickets, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/j6pyzyd

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Recorded 21st June 2016

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