Apr 30, 18Event
AT THE CORNER | An Encouragement of Bunraku

This February, HIN Arts & Science, Nijodori Kyoto presented the exhibition, “An Encouragement of Bunraku” to commemorate the succession of Toyotake Sakihodayu - the narrator of Ningyo Joruri Bunraku - as the 6th Takemoto Oritayu.
The exhibition which enabled visitors to experience the Japanese traditional theatrical art of Bunraku has been successful and we are pleased to announce that the exhibition will be touring to AT THE CORNER in Minato-ku, Minami Aoyama. Tools and costumes used by the triad: the narrator (tayu), the shamisen (a three stringed Japanese lute) player and the puppeteer and elegant puppets will be displayed at the venue. Items selected by Tayu who has a profound knowledge toward crafts and products will also be available for sale.

Please come and experience the enchanting world of Bunraku, which shall one day guide you to the theatre to enjoy this exquisite form of traditional art. We look forward to your visit.

An Encouragement of Bunraku
2018.5.12 (Sat.) – 5.27 (Sun.) / 12:00 – 20:00
Takemoto Oritayu / Borin in Nishi Shinsaibashi, Osaka in 1975. Takemoto Oritayu was born to a family where he has the 2nd Tsuruzawa Dohachi, the Bunraku shamisen player as his grandfather, Tsuruzawa Seiji as his uncle and Tsuruzawa Seiki as his younger brother. While appearing in “Nihongo de asobo (Let’s play with Japanese)”, an educational children’s TV program on NHK E-TELE, Oritayu plays an important role in promoting the charm of Bunraku. He is also the winner of the 28th Sakuya Konohana Prize (2011), the 34th Matsuo Geino Shinjin Award (2013) and Osaka Bunkasai Grand Prix (2013).
In Bunraku, the narrator (tayu), the shamisen (a three stringed Japanese lute) player and the puppeteer form a triad to create a theatrical art. Bunraku’s origin can be dated back to the early Edo period (early 17th to mid 19th century). It is a traditional and comprehensive art where austere and complex stories are exquisitely presented through various elements such as buoyant, humorous and ravishing dances. It is also listed among UNESCO’s “List of the World’s Intangible Cultural Heritages”.
  • Exhibition support (titles without honorifics): Takemoto Oritayu / Tsuruzawa Seiki / Yoshida Minoshiro
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