Jun 28
Female bunraku puppet

Bunraku Performance by Young Performers

Japan's puppet art for the next generation

By Sleiman Azizi    - 1 min read
Venue: National Theatre (Tokyo) When: Sunday - Jun 28th 2020 ,  5:00pm - 8:40pm

The National Theatre in Tokyo will be hosting a two-day bunraku theatre performance at the end of June.

Bunraku is one of Japan's three representative theatre arts and was designated as an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2003. Originating in Osaka in the 17th century, the Japan's traditional puppet theatre features incredibe performances by teams of puppeteers bringing to life their puppets through classical Japanese stories.

The June performances, undertaken by up and coming performers of the Bunraku Wakate Kai, will feature two famous plays, Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura (Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry Blossom Trees) and Imoseyama Onna Teikin (The Education of the Imoseyama Women).

Please check the National Theatre's official website for ticketing information.

Getting there

Take the Hanzomon Subway Line to Hanzomon Station. The theatre is a 5-minute walk from Exit 1 or 6. Otherwise it is a 10-minute walk from Nagatacho Station on the Yurakucho or Namboku Lines.

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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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