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Bunraku / Ningyō Jōruri
 文楽 bunraku  人形浄瑠璃 ningyō jōruri


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Bunraku - also called ningyô jôruri ("tell stories with puppets") - is a traditional Japanese puppet theater that has its origin in the 17th century (Edo period). Bunraku and kabuki are closely related with respect to the content of plays. The puppets are about one meter tall and are manipulated by up to three persons. Every person is responsible for a different part of the puppet.


bunraku theater

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poster - Ôsaka
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National Bunraku Theatre Ôsaka
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poster - Ôsaka  (2)
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bunraku players

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Awaji puppet theatre curtain: play Ehon Taikô-ki
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two main players
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unmasked main player

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two main players  (3)
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main and minor players
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masked minor player
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main and minor players  (2)
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Bunraku - plays
historical dramas = jidaimono

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play Ehon Taikô-ki
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Ehon Taikô-ki  (2)
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Ehon Taikô-ki  (4)
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Ehon Taikô-ki  (4)
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Keisei Awa no Naruto
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Keisei Awa no Naruto  (2)
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Honchô nijûshikô
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Honchô nijûshikô  (2)
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Honchô nijûshikô  (3)
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Bunraku - reciters and musicians

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ensemble
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reciter (= tayû) and musician with lute = shamisen
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reciter and musician  (2)
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reciter and musician  (3)
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reciter and musician  (4)
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