Takarazuka Girl Opera was a kind of musical performed by unmarried girls. Organized in 1914 by Ichiro Kobayashi is was intended as a kind of inversion of kabuki, male theatre. The name comes from Takarazuka Hot Spring, 15 miles from Osaka, where the first shows were put on as an attraction. It was on the stage of the Takarazuka Girls Opera that chansons were first sung in Japan in 1927 (Mon Paris) and 1930 (Lilas). A series of French films helped to further popularize the romantic image of downtown Paris. The Takarazuka Girls also helped to popularize tango, the boom arriving in 1937, and the arrival of a French band called Paris Moulin Rouge Tango Band who performed between 1937 and 39 in Tokyo's Florida Dance Hall.
1. Mon Paris 2. Sumire no Hanasaku Koro 3. Kimi no Otenomi 4. Valentina 5. Mont Papa 6. Sekai Manyu 7. Donna Clara 8. Futatsu no Ai no Uta 9 So wa Yume ka 10. Bouket Damur 11. Hana Shishu 12. Suzuran no Uta 13. Maine Mama 14. Marionet 15. Paris 16. Seishun no Uta 17. Ware ni Utaeyo 18. Hanazono Takarazuka 19. Kokoro no Furusato 20. Mittsu no Waltz 21. Hitokuchi-Banashi 22. Momo no Hana Sakukoro 23 Aoi Moya no Shizumeba Click here to email for availability