MANGEKYO is the latest evening entertainment from DRUM TAO, a Japanese drum troupe. Performances have reached audiences of more than seven million people in 500 cities in 23 countries across the globe. On stage, DRUM TAO are utterly unique performers, combining extreme athleticism with an expression of Japanese arts, using traditional instruments.
DRUM TAO entice you into a world of illusion that combines the traditional yet avant-garde appeal of Japanese drum sounds with a light show that uses the newest visual technology, projection mapping, to display imagery on their round stage. They immerse their audiences in a virtual kaleidoscope, which is what mangekyo means in Japanese.
MANGEKYO is described by the world-famous Japanese designer, Junko Koshino, who designed the costumes for the production, as follows: "As a new form of entertainment to be shared with the world, this production could only be realized by the very contemporary and energetic troupe, DRUM TAO." She also adds, "I believe that the performance will serve as the ideal segue to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics."
She furthermore describes the costumes: "The primary conception was a functionality that would better display the performers’ movements. Design was secondary to that. The key, however, is the combination of ease of movement with beautiful design. It would not be an overstatement to describe this entertainment a novel form of 'fashion shows in motion.'"
Tickets are available online at JAPANiCAN, the website for JTB Group travel reservations, including those for tours, hotels, and inns throughout Japan. Performances are conveniently located at Club eX in the Shinagawa Prince Hotel, which is in front of Shinagawa Station, and will run for 44 days until October 29.
About DRUM TAO
Japan’s foremost traditional drum troupe and masters of non-verbal entertainment. After receiving four nominations for Tony Awards in 2015, the production team came back together to create the hugely successful off-Broadway performances in 2016. People throughout the world are fascinated with DRUM TAO performances.
About JTB Group
JTB was established in 1912 as a means to increase foreign tourists to Japan and has grown to become the largest travel agency in Japan, employing roughly 26,000 people, contracting with approximately 18,000 lodging facilities throughout Japan, and handling more than three million visitors to Japan each year.
JTB Sunrise Tours began offering the first package tours for visitors to Japan in 1964. Since then, JTB Sunrise Tours has earned a good reputation among the many tourists who come to Japan each year.
JTB is able to utilize more than a century of history and experience as well as a network that covers all of Japan to offer travel products and services for anyone visiting Japan.