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The Ningyo Joruri (Japanese puppet show) museum passing down the 300 years of traditional performance

Yamanokuchi Fumoto Bun-yabushi Puppet Show has been designated as the national important intangible folk cultural property in 1995 and is highly regarded as a valuable cultural heritage. Only four cities (Hakusan City, Ishikawa Prefecture, Sado City, Niigata Prefecture, Satsumasendai City, Kagoshima Prefecture, and Miyakonojo City, Miyazaki Prefecture) in the country still keep the ancient Joruri tradition.

Regular performances are held four times a year (Third Sunday of March, June, September and November). “Kagekiyo Victorious (Shusse Kagekiyo)” and “Kadode Yashima”, which are said to have been written by Chikamatsu Monzaemon, are performed in the Bun-yabushi style, keeping the tradition since the Edo period. In the Kyogen Interlude performed after the Joruri puppet show, the local dialect ad-lib brings laughter in the audience.
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Facility Information

Address 2921-1 Yamanokuchi, Yamanokuchi-cho, Miyakonojo-shi, Miyazaki
TEL 0986-57-5295
Hours 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
*Last admission 4:30 PM
Closed on Mondays (If Monday is a holiday, then the following Tuesday)
New Year’s holidays (Dec 29 to Jan 3)
Parking Available
URL https://www.city.miyakonojo.miyazaki.jp/soshiki/53/2777.html