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.
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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