The Fascinating Kansai Ningyo Joruri
Wachi Puppet Theater

Solo puppeteers, original scripts

Origins date to the late Edo period when people in Ohsako village manipulated simple puppets for entertainment during the agricultural off-season. It is characterized by larger puppets manipulated by solo puppeteers. They excel at performing themes dealing with a sense of moral obligation and human compassion. The signature play is Chorogoe Setsugino Homare based on this region's dictated oral tradition. They also cultivate successors through club activities at local elementary and junior high schools.

videos of Wachi Puppet Theater

Wachi Traditional arts Center

Guidance of theater

Fourth Saturday every month 13:30~15:00
Admission fee
Adults& High school student 300yen、Children 100yen
11 mojiri sakaharaue kyotanba-cho funai-county kyoto
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