Taking place in 19th century Japan, the story concerns the culture clash sparked by America's 1853 mission to open up Japan to the West. Up to this point, Japan had been an island empire living in peace for centuries, undisturbed by foreign intruders. However, once Commodore Perry and the Americans arrive, a civilization of timeless tradition and seamless serenity begins to unravel under the impact of new ideas. *The show includes elements of traditional Japanese theatre (Kabuki and Bunraku). In keeping with Japanese tradition, female characters are often played by male actors depending on the producer's discretion.