The World of Edo Marionettes
Since introduced from China, over the course of about 380 years, Japanese marionettes underwent a series of improvements. The structure unique to Japan allows the marionette to convey delicate and rich expressions. To make sure you see all the charm, we prepared four dances with commentary in between, and one small play. Male dolls are used for Kappore and Drunkenness, female dolls for “The black hair,” and animal dolls are used for Lion Dance. The last Sho Jo Ji is a comical play with a history of about 80 years.