Over 20 hours since departing our Birmingham home, the Birmingham Royal Ballet company arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday evening.

After a day of adjusting to the eight hour time difference, we are now populating the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan theatre with hundreds of costumes, wigs and shoes as well as scenery filling the docks and rehearsals taking place throughout the building.

Add to that photos and interviews with the Japanese press and its safe to say that the company are back to working flat out ahead of the opening performance on Sunday.

Full run-throughs begin tonight with a piano rehearsal as we progress to the general rehearsal in costume and makeup with a full orchestra tomorrow evening…updates to follow! In the meantime, take a look around backstage of our Tokyo home (look out for some vintage signed BRB posters…)