Kaso Jogi  “The Gate”

2016 – A made-in-Japan original musical for the world

Kaso Jogi is raising its sails.

At a young age, a man lost his sister to the sea.

He brought his sister out although he knew he shouldn’t have gone, and spent his life tortured by the feeling that her death was his fault.

At middle age, as he has been downsized from his job and is currently looking for work, he moves to a tiny, cheap apartment near a train station.

This is the point where many things begin to happen to him.

A group of strange people comes to his apartment and they forcibly begin living there with him... before long he realizes that he's been thrown out into the middle of the wilderness. What is this place?

In the wilderness he meets a single wandering woman. The woman says they're in Saitama. Not the suburb of Tokyo, but a second Saitama, existing somewhere in the world. Now, what awaits him next?

August 10 to 13, 2017     Shimokitazawa  Arena

Written and Directed by Saori Aoki

Music by Makoto Honda


Venue access map

Nakano studio AKUTORE

San Nakano mansion B1, 2-11-2,Nakano,Nakano-ku,Tokyo

JR Chuo Line and Tokyo Metro Nakano Station 3-minute walk from the South Exit


Show Schedule

August 10 to 13, 2017

23 Wed   2:00 Preview/7:30

24 Thu    7:30 There will be a talk with playwright Norihiko Tsukuda after the show.

25 Fri      7:30

26 Sat     2:00/7:30◎ English surtitle

27 Sun    2:00

28 Mon   2:00/7:30

29 Tue    7:30

30 Wed   2:00

Box office opens 1 hour before and house opens 20 min before the start of the show.

Pre-show performance begins as soon as the house opens, so please come early.



All tickets are date-specific, with open seating




Student Discount: 

2000 yen

(at the door and advance tickets)




Reserve student discount tickets through Kaso Jogi, and show student ID when paying at the box office.

To Purchase tickets

For enquiries or to reserve tickets in English, please contact us via e-mail.

About Confetti Ticketing Service (sorry, site is Japanese only!)

・There is a ¥200 service charge added to the ticket price.

・It’s possible to participate in a program that donates a vaccine for each ticket sold.

・The childminding service can be used for free.

・There is a toll-free number for the booking service

 Confetti Ticket Center 0120-240-540 (weekdays 10:00 – 18:00)



Saori Aoki (Leader of Kaso Jogi)

Born in Kitakyushu in 1970.

Member of Ryuzanji Company from 1990 to 2014.

Left the company to establish Kaso Jogi.

In addition to acting, she has shifted to directing in recent years, doing all the art direction, design, makeup, and choreography for the works she directs.

Her specialty is musicals that use music that comes from the bodies of the actors.

Works directed by Aoki have been well-received internationally, winning awards such as the

NY Overall Excellence Award for Design at the Fringe NYC

Pick of the Fringe Award at the Victoria Fringe, and

CFUV's Pick of the Fringe at the Victoria Fringe.

Makoto Honda

(Composer and Musical Director)

Born in Tokyo in 1967

Began working as a composer for the stage in 1990.

Major collaborations have included work with directors such as LaSalle Ishii, Tengai Amano, Sho Ryuzanji, and more. Honda has composed all the music for Saori Aoki-directed plays including “Hanafuda Denki” and “Iroshima”, and his characteristic melodies hold a mysterious charm. His style often includes playing music directly on stage, and he incorporates traditional Japanese instruments as well as unique handmade instruments, which he plays on stage as a part of the performance.

Norihiko Tsukuda

Playwright, director, actor.

Born in Nagoya in 1964. Currently based in Nagoya.

4th Yomiuri Theater Grand Prix Outstanding Play Award

3rd Nagoya City Culture Promotion Award

Nagoya City Artist Encouragement Award

Matsubara Wakao Commemoration Prize

Nagoya Pen Club Award

50th Kishida Drama Award

Active in many genres, from contemporary theatre to children’s theatre, film scenarios, radio drama, and more, he has been given the nickname, “Mirror Man of Nagoya” for his talent in meeting deadlines and being the very picture of a playwright.

Koji Higuchi

Maho Sekine

Yasuteru Sekine

Kazunari Fujimura

Madoka Suehiro

Yuka Matsuyama

Ken Kuriki  percussionisut

Original Work: Norihiko Tsukuda

Direction Script Choreography Art Makeup:

Saori Aoki

Music: Makoto Honda

Lights: ROMI

Costumes: Yuko Takeuchi

Sound: Takuya Kigure

Choreography: Maki Imaeda

Stage Manager: Koji Higuchi

Production: Madoka Suehiro, Kaso Jogi

Translation: Claire Tanaka

Logo Design : Yuka Matsuyama

Advertising Art: Shigemi Yokoyama

Poster Design: Kazuya Iwata(Plugraf)

Photography: Naomi Muto

Presented by: Kaso Jogi

Special Assistance:

B-kyu Yugekitai

Ryuzanji Company

Gekijo Unit Bath

Timely Office

Etsuo Yamagami

Ravioli Tsuchiya

Group Ensemble

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