Bunraku, Japanese Traditional Puppet Theatre

Bunraku, Japanese traditional puppet theatre in which half-lifesize dolls act out a chanted dramatic narrative, called jōruri, to the accompaniment of a small samisen (three-stringed Japanese lute). The term Bunraku derives from the name of a troupe organized by puppet master Uemura Bunrakuken in the early 19th century; the term for puppetry is ayatsuri and puppetry theater is more accurately rendered ayatsuri jōruri.(bunraka.wiki.dot)

Bunraku puppets feature a head and torso, and hands and feet that are attached with string. The puppet does not have an actual body. The body is created by carefully wrapping the kimono around the puppet to create a chest, stomach, and arms and legs. Talented puppet makers spend a great deal of time designing how the clothing will hang on the body of the puppet to make this illusion truly effective.

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