Kobayashi Ichizo was a #Japanese politician, industrialist, and the founder of the #Hankyu Toho Group. In 1907, he founded the Mino-o Arima Electric Railway Company (now, Hankyu Hanshin Holdings, Inc.). In order to attract passengers to use their service, he built a department store at the railway terminal, developed residential areas along the railway and established the #Takarazuka Revue. The Takarazuka Revue received great praises from the mass, and became a representative musical performing group of Japan.