Do you know Takarazuka Kagekidan (Takarazuka Revue Company)?
The Takarazuka Revue (宝塚歌劇団 Takarazuka Kagekidan) is a Japanese ALL-FEMALE musical theater in the city of Takarazuka, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.
Women play both male and female roles in lavish, Broadway-style productions — most of their plays are Western-style musicals, and sometimes they are stories adapted from shōjo manga and folktales of China and Japan.
Five different groups, called "Hana-gumi" (Flower Troupe), "Tsuki-gumi" (Moon Troupe), "Yuki-gumi" (Snow Troupe), "Hoshi-gumi" (Star Troupe), and "Sora-gumi" (Cosmos Troupe), take turns performing reviews and plays in a special theater.
To become a troupe member, a girl has to have graduated from the "Takarazuka Music School", and the entrance exam for this school, which is nearly 50 times as competitive as other exams, is a difficult obstacle for many. Students are ingrained with strict rules concerning relations between superiors and inferiors and an underclasswoman is never allowed to walk in front of an upperclasswoman.
They staged "The Rose of Versailles" for many times. The Rose of Versailles (”Berusaiyu no Bara"/ we calls "Beru-Bara"), also known as "Lady Oscar", is one of the best-known titles in shojo manga and a media franchise created by Riyoko Ikeda.
Their fans are mostly female. Generally, we calls them "Zukafans". Zukafans are another famous group.
These women act as a group and follow strict rules from which no infringements are allowed. When a top star makes a farewell performance, they wait for the star to come out, but when the star does emerge, they are only allowed to offer to wave hands in silence. When they go to see a play, they are only allowed to applaud at predetermined places, and if they do anything else, the other fans in the group stare at them coldly.
How strange!! I think this is VERY uniquely Japanese cloistered society.
Top Star Farewell Parade
Look at from 4:28! This IS Zukafans!
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