The Fascinating Kansai Ningyo Joruri
Tonda Puppetry

International exchange through puppet drama

Inaugurated in 1835. Origins trace back to when a puppet troupe from Awa (Tokushima) travelled to this area. Unable to perform due to heavy snow, they left their puppets behind as compensation for travel expenses and local people began to practice with these puppets. Waves of exchange continue through this traditional performing art by accepting foreign exchange students and promoting the art to local elementary students while also taking on new challenges such as collaborating with opera.

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Tonda Puppetry Center

Guidance of theater

irregular(Only when it is reserved)
Admission fee
758 Tonda-cho, Nagahama-shi, Shiga 526-0131
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