[alsob-] 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, typically cloaked in black clothing, with a narrative that is recited by a chanter. The puppets have heads, hands, and feet of wood attached to a bodiless cloth costume.
Origin of BunrakuJapanese after the Bunraku -za, a puppet theater established in Osaka in 1805 by Bunrakuken Uemura (1751-1810), Japanese puppeteer
puppets and their puppeteers (shrouded in black)