National Bunraku Theater

Sightseeing information about National Bunraku Theater in Japan.

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This national theater is designed to exclusively show the traditional puppet-mastery of bunraku. Each puppet is manipulated by three puppeteers - one operating the feet, another the left hand, and the main artist the head and the right hand. The performance is accompanied by the narrator and the shamisen player.

There are two performances a day, each lasting about 4 hours. Don't forget that the theater is usually open for 3-week runs in January, April, June, July/August and November. Single act tickets are available at the counter on the same day. English pamphlet and audio guide are available.

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5.03 months ago

I attended the National Bunraku theatre to see a Bunraku (puppetry performance). Three puppeteers work in unison to make the puppets come alive and a narrator accompanied by a samisen player narrates the story. Absolutely masterful. Highly recommended. Headsets in English are available with a refundable deposit.

5.03 months ago

If you enjoy Japanese traditional arts, you will enjoy watching a performance at the National Bunraku Thrater. Check online for performance dates, and become familiar with the performance subject. Large theatre, main lobby same generally as most better theaters, tickets, coat check, gift and performance shoppe, gallery, tea and dessert, etc. 2nd floor are toilets, rest and social area between performances. Theatre is located in a central location of Osaka, close to main train lines, with food, drinks, and stores in immediate vicinity. A great Japanese theatre experience.

4.05 months ago

Worth a visit even if you don’t watch a show! Free small and informative exhibit about Bunraku (Japanese Puppet Theatre essentially), I didn’t catch any show but it was still fascinating to read about every aspect of putting the show together. There’s also free wifi, a toilet and nice seats if you want to make it a pit stop.

1.07 months ago

Foreigners are only allowed to sit in the last two rows of the theatre, even half the place is empty they refuse to sell foreigners other tickets. As a foreigner you are also not allowed to enter the hall right away. You are required to wait in a separate area while the Japanese alone enter without being “disturbed” by foreigners. Some look at you with resentment anyway. It’s also really hard to follow the performance from those backseats.

The whole thing is, sadly, legal in Japan. Even more it is very sad to read positive reviews of Americans here who were so ignorant not to realizes the racial segregation at the theatre. They should know better. Well, all of us should.

5.04 months ago

A wonderful performance with explanation of the many aspects of the traditional art of Bunraku. Be sure to ask for audio translation and also check out the exhibit hall which offers a great deal of useful information.

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