The National Bunraku Theatre in Osaka will be hosting a one-off bunraku session for beginners in English in June.
The puppet art of bunraku originated in Osaka in the 17th century and is now designated as an Intangible Cultural Heritage. Along with noh and kabuki, bunraku has become one of Japan's three representative theatrical arts. Featuring synchronised puppetry, music and dialogue, several puppeteers work together to operate and bring each puppet - and story - to life.
The event will be broken into two parts, with the first part being an explanation of what bunraku is and what it involves while the second part will be a performance of the dramatic play Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami (Sugawara and the Secrets of Calligraphy).
Please check the official website for ticketing details.
Take the Sennichimae or Sakaisuji Subway Lines to Nipponbashi Station. The National Bunraku Theater is about a 1-minute walk from Exit 7.
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