One of the things that I love about living in Fukuoka is the wide variety of nightlife available. The neighborhood surrounding Oyafuko Street contains sports bars, snack bars, dance clubs that feature genres from funk and disco to modern top 40 and EDM, live houses, restaurants, and more. And among these various establishments, Anmitsu Hime’s theater stands proudly as shining facet of homegrown Hakata culture and a testament to the golden days of Japan’s bubble era.

Anmitsu Hime was established thirty-two years ago, at a time where Japan’s economy was booming, and many could afford to regularly take part in the extravagant nightlife scene. At first glance, it might be tempting to call Anmitsu Hime’s performance “just a drag show”, but the acts are as vibrant and varied as the cast members themselves. 

The show is a spectacular combination of song, dance and Japanese-style owarai comedy that combines gorgeous hand-made costumes, impeccable performances, and tantalizing effects into a gender-bending, genre-bending theatrical performance.

The show began with an enthusiastic introduction of the staff, followed by poking fun at some of the guests and loosening up the crowd with laugher. Then, the curtain rose, revealing a Halloween-themed stage set and costumes fitting of the season.

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The performance featured a variety of dances, sight gags, and for the sake of the mixed Japanese and foreign audience, jokes delivered in both Japanese and English.

Here’s a highlight reel:

The hour-long show was a feast for the senses, and through the performers gleaming smiles and exuberant stage presence, you could really feel the passion and hard work put towards creating an exciting and enjoyable show.

Starting in October, Anmitsu Hime will be offering shows aimed for foreigners once a night. Whether you’re a long term resident of Fukuoka or are just passing through, a visit to Anmitsu Hime’s theater is bound to be an unforgettable experience.

For more information, click on the images of the flyers below, or visit Anmitsu Hime’s homepage, twitter, or youtube channel.

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※Note: This review is my personal opinion. This post was not sponsored by Anmitsu Hime or any other organization.

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