Bunraku: A Look into the World of Japanese Puppetry
October 3, 2007
A look into the world of Japanese puppetry featuring a performance and lecture demonstration of Japanese puppetry and traditional music by members of Bunraku Bay Puppet Troupe and Imada Puppet Troupe.
Bunraku is a form of traditional Japanese puppet theater, founded in Osaka in 1684. The most accurate term for the traditional puppet theater in Japan is ningyō jōruri. The combination of chanting and shamisen playing is called jōruri and the Japanese word for puppet is ningyō. Originally, the term "Bunraku" referred only to the particular theater established in 1872 in Osaka, which was named the Bunraku-za after its founder, a puppeteer named Uemura Bunrakken (or Bunrakuken), whose efforts revived the flagging fortunes of the traditional puppet theater in the mid-19th century.
From the Center for East Asian Studies.