a form of puppet show in Japan with nearly life-size puppets, each operated by two or three on-stage puppeteers, while dialogue and narration are spoken by performers just offstage
Origin of BunrakuJpn, after U. Bunrakuken, 19th-c. reviver of the traditional puppet show
A traditional Japanese dramatic art form featuring large puppets operated by onstage puppeteers with a narrative that is recited from offstage. The puppets have heads, hands, and feet of wood attached to a bodiless cloth costume.
Origin of BunrakuJapanese : after the Bunraku-za , theater built in the early 19th century by Bunraku-ken Oemurea (died 1810).
puppets and their puppeteers (shrouded in black)