Category Archives: Japanese Puppetry

Japanese Dragons, Shopkins and Superstition

Kuniaki II (active 1835 – 1888) Spring Colours: Lion Dancers at a Mansion, 1861. This triptych shows a group, probably Prince Genji, outside a house watching the good luck dragons during Sakura—Cherry Blossom Season. The Japanese call the lion dance … Continue reading

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Foxy Ladies – Tamamo no mae and the Legend of Lady Kayo

I have written elsewhere about foxes and Japanese mythology. In popular myth, the fox in Japan is known as a mischievous spirit, ringing doorbells, sending telegrams and so on. There are other myths however in which the fox spirit is … Continue reading

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Mimesis – Bunraku Puppets and Living Dolls

There is a long tradition of puppetry in Japan that stretches back to the seventeenth century. Puppet theatre predates kabuki theatre and informed much of the style, dramas and conventions that kabuki adopted and made its own. Not only does … Continue reading

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