Nippon Bunraku in Ueno

にっぽん文楽 in 上野の杜
にっぽん文楽 in 上野の杜
にっぽん文楽 in 上野の杜

Bunraku, Japan's traditional form of puppetry, was developed by the city-dwelling commoners of the Edo period and has survived to the present by both strict preservation of its heritage and the incorporation of new influences. The puppets used in bunraku are a half to two-thirds human size and require great skill and strength to operate, so becoming a master puppeteer can take decades. These open-air shows let you get in touch with the art over a beer and snacks – bringing your own food and drink is even encouraged. Two shows take place daily between October 14 and 17.


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