Ohanashi no mori is full of stories. There are stories you already know, stories you might think you know but have actually forgotten, and stories you’ve never heard before. What stories will you hear? That’s our special surprise for everyone who comes to this performance!


Goodbye summer, hello autumn! The Ohanashi no mori performance planned for August was delayed to prevent the spread of Covid-19, but now we can finally present it to you this October. This performance features the musician ROLLY and the actor Jin Katagiri. ROLLY appears on NHK Educational TV’s Musica Piccolino, and Katagiri appears on the same network’s Shakiin! Adults and children alike will be mesmerized by their riveting storytelling.

ROLLY began his career as a musician 30 years ago. In addition to his work as a musician, he is also active as a performer who has worked in theater, television, and radio. He has recently appeared in works including the movie Hit Me Anyone One More Time (written and directed by Koki Mitani) and two musicals, Big Fish and The Rocky Horror Show. ROLLY has appeared in Ohanashi no mori for 11 consecutive years. At Ohanashi no mori, he reads picture books to the audience while playing the guitar. At his performances, the stage is bathed in blue light and illuminated by a mirrored disco ball, taking the audience on what feels like a journey to outer space. ROLLY transforms the theater space with singing and guitar playing that resonate throughout the entire venue.

Jin Katagiri is an actor who has worked in theater, television, film, and radio. Recent TV appearances include 99.9 Criminal Lawyer. He also creates clay sculptures, showcasing his work both in Japan and abroad with his touring Giri Ten(Giri Exhibit). This is his 3rd year performing in Ohanashi no mori. The characters from the stories he reads seem to truly come alive through his entertaining performances. This year will also once again feature a rousing performance by the Bakurocho Band.

This year’s Ohanashi no mori will be held at the Setagaya Public Theatre. It’s a bigger space than the usual venue of Theatre Tram. For this event, both performers read from picture books while the images from those books are displayed on a screen onstage. The Setagaya Public Theater is a beautiful space with majestic stone walls and a ceiling painted with the image of a gorgeous blue sky. It’s the perfect place to spend time with these amazing performers, picture books, and music. We can’t wait to see you at the theatre!


*This performance features distanced seating in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Cast & Creative

ROLLY(10/3), Jin Katagiri(10/4)

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Jin Katagiri








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Audience Support

Childcare Service

A childcare service is normally available for performances staged at Setagaya Public Theatre and Theatre Tram for which advance tickets are sold.

Charge: ¥2,200 per child
Eligibility: Children aged over 6 months and up to 9 years of age
Applications: Tel. 03-5432-1526 Setagaya Public Theatre
You may reserve childcare services up to noon of the day 3 days before the desired reservation time, but when the number of children registered reaches capacity, applications will closed. So please make your reservation well in advance. Also, please consult with the theatre regarding children with special needs.
Subcontractor: Kids’ Room Tinker bell Sancha

Wheelchair Spaces

Both Setagaya Public Theatre and Theatre Tram are equipped with wheelchair spaces to allow visitors to watch performances from their wheelchairs. However, as capacity is limited, use of wheelchair spaces is by reservation only.

Charge: 10% discount on the corresponding area ticket charge (plus up to one attendant free of charge)
Applications: Tel. 03-5432-1515 Theatre Ticket Centre

Wheelchair spaces may be reserved up to 19:00 on the day before the desired date, but when the number of reservations reaches capacity, applications will be closed. So please make your reservation well in advance. Also, for wheelchair users who prefer to watch the performance from a regular seat, the theatre will smoothly guide them too and from their seat. Please contact the theatre in advance to take advantage of this service.