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.
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 bunraku
- Japanese after the Bunraku-za theater built in the early 19th century by Bunraku-ken Oemurea (died 1810)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Japanese bunraku.