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Cherished Temple, Puppeteer to Enrich Toyama Staging of Bunraku Plays; Kanjuro Kiritake and others perform Bunraku puppet shows

Living National Treasure Kanjuro Kiritake

Living National Treasure Kanjuro Kiritake and others will perform bunraku puppet shows on Nov. 28 at Shoko-ji Temple, itself a national treasure, according to the Takaoka Municipal Government, Toyama Prefecture.

The performance is supported by The Yomiuri Shimbun, and organizers aim to attract visiting foreigners through the Japan Tourism Agency’s ‘tourism restart’ project.

Shoko-ji is a large temple that served as the base for the Jodo-Shinshu sect of Buddhism in Etchu (present-day Toyama Prefecture). The temple’s main hall, built in 1795, is one of the finest examples of such structures from the late Edo period (1603-1868) and was designated a National Treasure in December 2022.

Kiritake is a leading bunraku puppeteer and was recognized as a Living National Treasure in October 2021.

Accessible via this QR code

One hundred seats are available for the event.

The best seats cost ¥10,000 per ticket, while second-level seats are available for ¥9,000.

The tickets can be purchased online at sites such as Yomiuri Travel Service, accessible via the QR code seen here.



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