An introduction to BUNRAKU

To the Theatre

Wonder how the narrator (tayu) uses his voice or how the shamisen sounds? Want to see the dolls move up close? Then watch an actual play! This guide is meant to make Bunraku more enjoyable for both first timers as well as repeat viewers.

Where do I watch?

Regular performances are held at the national theatres in Osaka and Tokyo.
There are also other special performances.

What do I watch?

A Bunraku production is comprised of various plays. Choose the production that interests you.

How do I watch?

Although there are no preset rules, here are some tips to make your viewing experience more enjoyable.

Who is performing?

Bunraku performers are called Gigeiin.
They are considered master performers only after many years of rigorous training.