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

Mushi Mezuru Himegimi (from "Tsutsumi Chunagon Monogatari [The Tale of Tsutsumi Chunagon]")
A cutting-edge stage adapting an old Japanese tale into butoh and classical music

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

Date Sat, Feb 5, 2022 15:00 (Open 14:15)
Sun, Feb 6, 2022 15:00 (Open 14:15)

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Recital Hall

Genre TBK productions

Flyer (PDF)

Movie contents

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.

About the Work

“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.


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

KATO Masanori: The Lady Who Loved Insects Ⅰ including some parts of Temari-uta

KATO Masanori: The Lady Who Loved Insects Ⅱ

Music collage with


GRIEG: “In the Hall of the Mountain King (I Dovregubbens hall)” from Peer Gynt Suite No.1

BIZET: Minuet from L’Arlésienne Suite No.2

KATO Masanori: The Lady Who Loved Insects Ⅲ with Temari-uta

J.S.BACH: Concerto for Two Violins in d minor, BWV1043, 1st movement

KATO Masanori: The Lady Who Loved Insects Ⅳ based on J.S.BACH’s Concerto for Two Violins in d minor, BWV1043, 1st movement

Lee HOIBY: The Serpent

KATO Masanori: The Lady Who Loved Insects Ⅴ, deformation and improvisation based on BRAHMS’s Hungarian Dance No.5 in g minor

KATO Masanori: The Lady Who Loved Insects Ⅵ and Temari-uta

Music collage with

RAVEL: Boléro

SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No.7 in C major, Op.60, “Leningrad,” 1st movement

GRIEG: “In the Hall of the Mountain King (I Dovregubbens hall)” from Peer Gynt Suite No.1


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)


◇View artists profiles (only in Japanese)


Libretto: PEYOUNNE Maki

Set Design: MATSUO Hiroko

Costume Design: TAKEDA Kumiko

Hair & Makeup: ISHIHARA Momoco

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

Interview with Artists

Read the full article of the interview with

AGATSUMA Emiko (Direction, Choreography, Butoh dance) and KATO Masanori (Music Direction, Music Composition/Arrangement, Piano)

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan quarterly magazine “Onmyaku” (PDF only in Japanese)

PhotoAGATSUMA Emiko; Direction, Choreography, Butoh Dance
PhotoKATO Masanori; Music Direction, Music Composition/Arrangement, Piano
PhotoMIYAKE Rie, Soprano (Storytelling)
PhotoUENO Yoshie, Flute
PhotoHAMASAKI Yuki, Clarinet
PhotoSASANUMA Tatsuki, Cello
PhotoSHIOYA Tomoshi, Butoh Dance
PhotoAMOK Conan, Butoh Dance


Prices (tax included)

[Day tickets]

Sat, Feb 5: Tickets go on sale at 14:00.

Sun, Feb 6: Tickets go on sale at 14:00.


Elementary/Middle School Students 1,100yen (The price applies to all seat categories.)

Adults S3,300yen A2,200yen

* Valid ID is required to elementary/middle school students for their age verification on the day of the performance.


* The tickets will be on sale by following the guidelines and other regulations set by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Please note that the ticket sales are subject to suspension depending on the restriction of the seating capacity and the sales situation.

* The frontmost row is the row D.

* On the ticket sales starting date, the tickets will be on sale at full seating capacity.

(The information has been changed as above from the announcement on the flyer.)

Seating Chart of Recital Hall

View Seating Chart

On Sale Date

Sat, Nov 6, 2021

BOX Office

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Box Office

Performance Invitation to Children

Eligibility: 4th grade elementary school students

Maximum number of invitees: 50 per performance, 100 in total (Invitees will be determined by lot if the application number exceeds the limit.)

Application period: Mon, Nov 15, 10:00–Sun, Dec 12, 18:00, 2021


How to apply: Online application form must be submitted.

Application Form (The form is only in Japanese.)


Invitation notification: Invitation tickets will be sent to the invitees in the middle of December. Please bring your valid ID such as students handbook and health insurance card as we may verify your age on the day of the performance.

* Caregivers can purchase up to 1 ticket for the seat next to the invited child.

* If an applicant submits multiple times, only the first application will be valid.

* To ensure that you receive emails from us, please add the domain “” to the whitelist such as approved sender list you have enabled them on your email setting. (If you have set up those sender filterings on your email, you may not receive the application confirmation email.)

Other Information

* The storytelling is provided only in Japanese.
* The program is subject to change under certain circumstances.
* Pre-school children are not allowed to attend this performance.
* 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 Fri, Jan 28, 17:00.


Tokyo Metropolitan Government/ Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture: the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, the Arts Council Tokyo