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Kaso Jogi - The GATE

Right before the Edinburgh Festival Fringe!
Local Preview Show

“Pass through, pass through…”

A gate suddenly appears in the theatre. 
Who guards it? It could be a demon, an angel, the boatman of Hades, or the guardian of hell’s gate. Take a journey through time to the last scene, with memories of the womb to help find the way. This is the first installment in the Kaso Jogi Nursery Rhyme Collection, a series of original and dark musicals based on traditional Japanese nursery rhymes. International premiere. Runtime: 45 minutes
Performed in Japanese with English subtitles.

Written and Directed by Saori Aoki

Music by Makoto Honda

10th to 13th August, 2017    Shimokitazawa  Arena


Venue access map

Shimokitazawa  Arena

Moai Chazawa 4F, 2-2-14 Kitazawa, Setagaya, Tokyo

4 min on foot from the South Exit of Shimokitazawa Station on the Odakyu and Keio Inokashira Lines.


Show Schedule

10th to 13th August, 2017

Thursday 10 August 8:30 p.m.
Friday 11 August 6:00 p.m. / 8:30 p.m.
Saturday 12 August (Sat) 6:00 p.m. / 8:30 p.m.
Sunday 13 August (Sun) 6:30 p.m.

*Box office opens 40 min before and house opens 20 min before the start of the show.

**Please note, the final day has a different start time. 
◎ English Subtitles



All tickets are date-specific, with open seating



2500yen  *Includes one drink

2500yen  *Includes one drink

To Purchase tickets

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



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.

Koji Higuchi

Yasuteru Sekine

Kazunari Fujimura

Madoka Suehiro

Yuka Matsuyama

Ken Kuriki



Set, Choreography, Makeup: Saori Aoki
Music: Makoto Honda
Lights: ROMI, Etsuo Yamakami
Costumes: Yoko Takeuchi
English Translation: Claire Tanaka
Stage Manager: Koji Higuchi
Photography: Naomi Muto
Title Operator: Kyoko Yamada
Flyer Design: Team 
Shigemi Yokoyama
Tour Coordinator: Nobuko Tanaka
Production Crew: Kyoko Yamada and Kaso Jogi
Production Assistance: Sayaka Imai, Takamasa Oue
Maho Sekine, Mika Hiwasa, Okutou Miyu

Special Thanks

 Ryuzanji Company, MMP, Osafune Seisakusho,

B-kyu Yugekitai, Collabonic film, Timely Office, Tomotake Hirokoshi

V. Ginta

Sponsor: Kaso Jogi

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