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人形浄瑠璃 文楽 BUNRAKU

Introduction

Japanese

Ningyo-Joruri Bunraku is one of Japan’s representative traditional performance arts. It was created in Osaka during the Edo period (1603–1868), and has been handed down until today. Its three aspects—the voice of the tayu (narrator), the sound of the shamisen (a three-stringed Japanese musical instrument), and the movements of the puppets—all come together to tell a story. Throughout its long history, Ningyo-Joruri Bunraku has been built up and passed down, and can sometimes touch the hearts of the audience even more than performances by humans.

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