Ko-Ko’s palace. The palace courtyard, appearing in the opening act of the play, is magnificent, as befits the Lord High Executioner of Titipu. It thus satirizes the needless largesse expended on government functionaries in the Victorian era.
Ko-Ko’s garden. The garden scene of act 2 provides the backdrop for the heroine Yum-Yum’s preparation for her wedding to the wandering minstrel Nanki-Poo, who is really the Mikado’s son in disguise. The garden is also the scene of the Mikado’s magnificent entrance, which paves the way for a happy marriage. The wedding occurs after Nanki-Poo is threatened with execution and Ko-Ko is married to the odious Katisha, who wanted to marry Nanki-Poo herself. All ends happily in a setting straight from a book of Japanese fairy tales.