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Bunraku puppet in action on stage

Discover Bunraku - Bunraku for Beginners

An English introduction to Japan's puppet art

By Sleiman Azizi    - 1 min read
Venue: National Bunraku Theater When: Saturday - Jun 15th 2019 ,  2:00pm - 4:10pm

The National Bunraku Theatre in Osaka will be hosting a one-off bunraku session for beginners in English in June.

The puppet art of bunraku originated in Osaka in the 17th century and is now designated as an Intangible Cultural Heritage. Along with noh and kabuki, bunraku has become one of Japan's three representative theatrical arts. Featuring synchronised puppetry, music and dialogue, several puppeteers work together to operate and bring each puppet - and story - to life.

The event will be broken into two parts, with the first part being an explanation of what bunraku is and what it involves while the second part will be a performance of the dramatic play Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami (Sugawara and the Secrets of Calligraphy).

Please check the official website for ticketing details.

Getting there

Take the Sennichimae or Sakaisuji Subway Lines to Nipponbashi Station. The National Bunraku Theater is about a 1-minute walk from Exit 7.

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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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Bonson Lam 3 months ago
I remember going to Bunraku in Osaka. I was mesmerised, and such skillful artists.
Elizabeth Scally 3 months ago
I won’t make it down to Osaka for this.

Is there Bunraku in Tokyo?
Kim B 3 months ago
Ah, this is good to hear! It's much easier for me to head to Tokyo over Osaka as well. Looking forward to the Tokyo article!
Kim B 3 months ago
Have heard much more about noh and kabuki than I have about bunraku! Great to see they’re putting on an event for English speakers!
Kim B 3 months ago
All the more reason to learn!
Elena Lisina 3 months ago
I watched Bunraku at the Puppet Theatres' festival in our city and the puppets were just amazing! There was special show of how puppets are made and how actors play - it was unique experience! Myself, I used to work as the art director of puppet plays.
Justin Velgus 3 months ago
Looks very cool! I still have yet to see Bunraku live, and this looks like the perfect opportunity!
Sleiman Azizi Author 3 months ago
If you're floating around Osaka at the time do be nice and give us a report... :)