The Fascinating Kansai Ningyo Joruri
Shinden Puppet Theater Drama Aioi Bunraku

A village committed to keep alive the artistry of a Living National Treasure

This puppet theater drama has been passed down since the early Meiji period. After an Osaka Bunrakuza performance in 1951, they were privileged to study under Kiritake Monjuro, a Living National Treasure puppeteer, who granted the name Aioi Bunraku. In 2000, the village of Shinden, with seventeen households and a population of fifty, formed an NPO called "Shinden Village Planning Committee" to work on its preservation and transmission.

videos of tottori puppet theater

Shinden Puppet Theater Center

Guidance of theater

irregular(Only when it is reserved)
620-1 Nishidani, Chizu-cho, Yazu-gun, Tottori 689-1426
Shinden「Shinden Puppet Theater Center」
The Union of Kansai Governments “Road of Culture” Planning Committee
c/o Kyoto Prefecture Cultural Exchange Division
Shinmachi Nishi-iru, Shimodachiuri-dori,
Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-8570

Meeting for the Nigyo Joruri
Tokushima Prefectural Government Environment and Citizens' Affairs Department
Sports and Culture Bureau Citizens' Culture Division
1-1 Bandai-cho, Tokushima-city, Tokushima Prefecture, 770-8570
TEL +81(0)88-621-2249 FAX +81(0)88-621-2934