Noh theatre, which I presented on 13 August, used to be studied only by the aristocracy. Thus, bunraku became the common man's form of theatre.
It is forbidden to take photos during the show, so I will show you photos taken inside the theatre, and the bunraku museum inside the National Bunraku Theatre of Osaka. Shows are in Japanese, of course. However, there are available brochures with detailed explanations of the play in English. And the show is "subtitled" - in Japanese. It is useful for those who manage reading the Japanese script even partially. Watching bunraku at least once is a nice experience in Japan.
The tayu and orchestra will perform from the little stage located on the right side.
The puppeteers wear high geta.
Shamisen is also called sangen (three strings).
This is yuka hon, the chanter's script for bunraku:
Bachi for string instruments:
The train station, 50 m from the theatre:
Bunraku is completely unrelated to the American film shot in 2010 and having the same title. (o_O)