The Japan Foundation
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Japan 2.5-Dimensional Musical Association
Japan 2.5-Dimensional Musical Association

Meguro Higashiyama Square Building,
1-2-2 Higashiyama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo Japan
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Japan 2.5-Dimensional Musical Association 
The Japan 2.5-Dimensional Musical Association was founded in March 2014 as a general incorporated association with the aim of promoting and developing the new genre of “2.5-D musicals” that bring to the stage (in 3-dimensions) plays/musicals based on contents from original (2-dimensional) manga comics, anime movies and video games (including some plays that don’t include music and songs).
In 2015, these 2.5-D musicals drew a total audience of 1.45 million, firmly establishing them as a form of uniquely Japanese live contents. The Association is now functioning as a culture information center to spread these musical productions to markets overseas. The Association’s participating members range widely, not only from entertainment industry publishing companies, TV broadcasting companies, theater production companies and the like, but also travel agencies, system development companies and others. As of March 2016, the Association’s members include 75 organizations (including individuals). The Association’s Chairman is Makoto Matsuda, producer of such successful 2.5-D musicals as Musical The Prince of Tennis and president and CEO of Nelke Planning Co., Ltd.
The Association’s main activities in Japan include conducting surveys about the state of the 2.5-D musical industry and operating the Association’s official website ( providing information about performances, etc. (in Japanese and English). Other activities include sharing know-how within the industry, holding seminars and study sessions for association members, building a personnel network and finding and developing new contents. Also, the Association has begun running the new 2.5-D musical-specific theater in Tokyo’s Shibuya district named the AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo (audience seating: 824) that opened March 2015. With the introduction of viewer glasses providing subtitles in up to four languages and the purchase of tickets now available to foreign audience via the Association’s website, services are expanding. The main activities focused on overseas markets include exhibiting contents in the various types of entertainment industry conventions held overseas, providing support for licensing of overseas performances of 2.5-D musicals, and production of catalogues for the musicals, etc.
Currently, in order to establish these musicals as a world-class form of original Japanese performing art, the Association is involved in cataloging the works, entering productions in overseas competitions and the like, while also working toward the future when these original Japanese works will be sold as licensed productions for overseas performances.