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hane (羽): "feathers"

In Takarazuka, this usually refers to the feathers that performers wear on their backs during a parade. While they can be worn at other times during a revue, the sight of stars descending the Grand Staircase with (reportedly heavy) feathers attached to their backs is most memorable and an iconic image of the Takarazuka Revue.

The general rule is "the bigger the star, the bigger the feathers". The top star always wears the most heavy and elaborate feathers — after her, the top musumeyaku, and then usually the nibante, sanbante etc. Feathers can be worn by many performers or only a select few, largely dependent on the stylistic choice of the director. On one extreme is only the top star wearing feathers; on the other extreme, all performers may wear feathers in the parade.


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Created by lokai. Last Modification: Thursday 05 of June, 2014 05:56:23 PDT by zaraphena.

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