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
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
(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.
(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.
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.
Ken Kuriki percussionisut
Original Work: Norihiko Tsukuda
Direction Script Choreography Art Makeup:
Music: Makoto Honda
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
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