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Young Theater-Goers Program
Mushi Mezuru Himegimi (The Lady Who Loved Insects) [New Production]

  • Music ,
  • Performance

A cutting-edge stage adapting an old Japanese tale into butoh and classical music

“Mushi Mezuru Himegimi (The Lady Who Loved Insects)” is one of the works of classical Japanese literature written in the Heian period (8th-12th Century), which features a non-traditional princess who loved insects, and her surrounding people. Collaborating with “Butoh,” a dance style born in Japan, and classical music including popular pieces everyone knows, this stage will take you to a brand new world of the Heian tale.

Upon attending the performance, please visit this link to go through our precautionary measures to help prevent the COVID-19 spread and notice to visitors.
Please note that there might be changes depending on decisions and orders by the Japanese and Tokyo Metropolitan Government and other governmental authorities.


In old-time Japan in the Heian period (8th-12th Century), people took it for granted that princesses were always beautiful and loved flowers and butterflies. In that period, there was a princess who loved insects and did not care about her appearance. She did not even care when her maids and parents were worried about her unconventional doings.
One day, a young nobleman became interested in the princess and tried to tease her by sending her a love poem with a gift of a tricky-fake snake. How would the princess deal with it!?

Music to be performed

J.S.BACH: Concerto for Two Violins in d minor, BWV1043
GRIEG: “In the Hall of the Mountain King” from Peer Gynt Suite No.1
Lee HOIBY: The Serpent
KATO Masanori: The Lady Who Loved Insects (World Premiere)
and more to be selected from various composers’ works


Direction, Choreography, Butoh dance: AGATSUMA Emiko
Music Direction, Music Composition/Arrangement, Piano: KATO Masanori
Soprano (Storytelling): MIYAKE Rie
Flute: UENO Yoshie *1st prize of Wind section at the 2nd Tokyo Music Competition
Clarinet: HAMASAKI Yuki
Cello: SASANUMA Tatsuki *2nd prize of String section at the 12th Tokyo Music Competition
Butoh dance: SHIOYA Tomoshi, AMOK Conan (Sanzen CAMP)


Libretto: PEYOUNNE Maki
Set Design: MATSUO Hiroko
Costume Design: TAKEDA Kumiko
Hair & Makeup: ISHIHARA Momoko
Lighting Design: MOCHIZUKI Daisuke (Art Stage Lighting Group)
Sound Engineering: SUEHIRO Yuki (Tokyo Bunka Kaikan)
Stage Manager: ASANUMA Nobuo (The Stuff)
Associate Stage Director: INAYAMA Akiko


[Tickets on sale from Saturday, November 6 2021]
Elementary/Middle School Students: 1,100yen (The price applies to all seat categories.)
Adults S seats: 3,300yen A seats: 2,200yen

* Valid ID is required to elementary/middle school students for their age verification on the day of the performance.
* Please read before purchasing the tickets:
Regarding this performance, the tickets will be on sale by holding seats with a capacity based on guidelines including “Roadmap to Overcoming COVID-19” set by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Please note that we may ask you to move from your reserved seat to another upon entering the venue, depending on governmental policies.
If the capacity limit is eased, we will sell additional tickets. In case the capacity restriction is tightened, the tickets additionally sold have to be refunded, and additional ticket holders will not be able to attend the performance.
*Pre-school children are not allowed to attend this concert.
*Child care service is available. (Reservation and fee required. A limited number of children is accepted.)
Event Child Care Service: Mother’s 0120-788-222
Reservation must be made by 17:00 on Friday, January 28 2022
*The program is subject to change under certain circumstances.

・Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Box Office

Notice to our patrons who are attending this performance

Please follow the below measures to help prevent the COVID-19 spread. Your understanding and cooperation are much appreciated.
– We ask you not to come to the venue if you seem to have symptoms such as a fever, cough, sneezing, sore throat, or simply not feeling well.
– Wear a face mask to cover your nose and mouth. Please show consideration for fellow audience members.
– Strictly follow the precautions against infectious diseases such as the cough etiquette and washing and disinfecting your hands frequently.
– Our staff members conduct temperature screening with thermal imaging cameras for all those who are entering the venue. If you have a fever of 37.5°C/99.5°F or higher, you are not allowed to enter the venue.
– No beverage is sold in the Recital Hall area.
– Show your ticket to the usher. Then tear off the stub by yourself and put it in the box.
– We do not hand out program leaflets and such printed materials. Please pick them up by yourself from specific areas.
– The cloakroom is closed except for large luggage.
– We do not accept flowers and gifts for the artists. Nor can you give them directly to the artists.
– Allow enough time to get into the venue.


Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Production Section
TEL: 03-3828-2111


Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Recital Hall



Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Government , Tokyo Bunka Kaikan / Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
Supported by
Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan