Meijiza is a theatre with over 140 years of history, located in the Nihonbashi area of central Tokyo. While the venue has over the years been host to traditional forms of drama including kabuki and shinpa, and more recently to musicals and performances by enka singers, this winter Meijiza has produced a new kind of show, aiming to showcase Japanese culture in an accessible way to an international audience.
「SAKURA -JAPAN IN THE BOX-」 is a 70 minute show blending live action dance, acrobatics and musical performances along with video, animation and special effects. These elements are framed around a loose narrative about a girl who becomes lost in an alternate dimension filled with spirits from Japanese folklore. There she journeys through each of the four seasons, and as she does the audience witnesses an eclectic mix of traditional and popular culture, from geisha arts, kyogen, noh and swordplay, to anime, JPOP and “kawaii”. Each segment lasts only a few minutes, and the show moves along at pace that never lets its audience grow bored.
「SAKURA」 is the perfect show for anyone who wants to experience something distinctly Japanese but finds the language barriers for various cultural experiences daunting. Which is not to say that the show is for those seeking an in-depth look at traditional culture. Its goal is to entertain, not to teach – and in this, it most certainly succeeds.
| Meijiza Theater|
2-31-1 Nihonbashi-hamacho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
|16th January - 31st March|
|19:00-20:10, 20:30-19:40 (depending on the day)|
| Entrance fee: |
¥6000, Under-4s who can sit on guardian's lap - free
|Website: 「SAKURA -JAPAN IN THE BOX-」|
「SAKURA -JAPAN IN THE BOX-」