Why does the Takarazuka all-female theatre exist?

Unlike what I’d read about being set up simply to keep a private rail line busy, it seems that it didn’t come out of nowhere:

“Takarazuka is one example of a distinct genre within twentieth-century Japanese popular culture, the ‘all-female revue (shojo kageki)’, composed of a number of different performance groups with common features.” Gender Gymanistics pgs 3 and 4

Don’t have the book here to check if it’s exactly the same, but the whole thesis on which it was based seems to be available in pdf format for free here:





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