Jun 15
Bunraku puppet in action on stage

Discover Bunraku - Bunraku for Beginners

An English introduction to Japan's puppet art

By Sleiman Azizi    - 1 min read
Venue: National Bunraku Theater When: Saturday - Jun 15th 2019 ,  2:00pm - 4:10pm

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.

Getting there

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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Sleiman Azizi

Sleiman Azizi @sleiman.azizi

A Japanese Permanent Resident, I drool over proper soba and sushi while Japanese aesthetics ticks all the right boxes for me.With over 100 published articles on Japan as well as 5 English language books written in a traditional Japanese style, I also happen enjoy writing. Funny that...I'm also the Regional Partner for Tokyo, Japan's never ending capital, so if you've anything to say about Tokyo - or Japan in general - don't be shy and contact with me via

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