2012年03月01日

'Bunraku' originally meant the name of the playhouse exclusively for Japanese puppet show 'Ningyo-joruri', however it has become a synonym for 'Ningyo-joruri' itself.

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Japan's leading traditional theatrical art 'Bunraku', played by men, is made up of three kinds of professions 'san-gyo'. They are narrator 'dayu',three-stringed musical instrument player 'shamisen' and puppeteers 'ningyo-zukai'.
This art has been developed since the 17th century when Japan's older puppet play met an older dramatic recitation called 'Joruri' to reach completion largely thanks to the two great masters of this world, the narrator 'Takemoto Gidayu' and the playwright 'Chikamatsu Monzaemon'.
In the field of all the traditional theatrical arts of Japan, the top 'dayu' narrator is regarded as more prestigious than 'Ichikawa Danjyuro' the highest-ranking kabuki actor.
The first picture shows the very famous scene from 'Keisei awa-no-naruto' which is one of the most important 'Bunraku' works. As shown in the second picture, the different kinds of heads are used according to sex, age, social status and so on, for each puppet handled by three puppeteers.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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