Recently we had some guests here at our inn that had come to Togura Kamiyamada Onsen to see the Taishu-engeki (“theater for the masses”) show at Taishokan. That reminded me — this month’s act is supposed to be a very popular one. One of these days, Kamesei’s proprietress and I have to go check it out!
A few years ago, the last strip show theater in town threw in the towel (pardon the pun), and started Taishu-engeki theater. It’s basically like kabuki for the common people. The show features beautiful dancing, beautiful kimonos — it’s just the hairy legs make for quite a combination. It’s basically like a geisha drag show, with several dance routines set to everything from traditional songs to worldbeat.
The time I went, there was a geisha-yakuza themed 1-act play, too. Very entertaining.
I particularly like to recommend the show to our guests from Australia, home of “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”. But people from all over the world tend to enjoy the color and artistry of the dancing and kimonos. It’s not often you get a chance to see this type of traditional dancing in Japan, and where better than Taishokan here in Togura Kamiyamada Onsen.
Note: 2 shows daily at 1pm and 7pm. Tickets are 1700 yen per person (discount tickets available here at Kamesei Ryokan). Location is in Togura Kamiyamada Onsen, approx. 2km from Togura Station on the local Shinano Railway Line. Click here for Taishokan’s website.