Definitions for bunrakubʊnˈrɑ ku

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bun•ra•ku*bʊnˈrɑ ku(n.)

  1. a form of Japanese puppet theater in which puppeteers who are visible to the audience manipulate large puppets to the accompaniment of a chanted narration.

    Category: Showbiz, Music and Dance

* (sometimes cap.).

Origin of bunraku:

1915–20; < Japn, from the Bunraku(-za), an Osaka theater


  1. bunraku(Noun)

    A traditional form of Japanese puppetry.

  2. Origin: From 文楽.


  1. Bunraku

    Bunraku, also known as Ningyō jōruri, is a form of traditional Japanese puppet theatre, founded in Osaka in 1684. Three kinds of performers take part in a bunraku performance: ⁕Ningyōtsukai or Ningyōzukai—puppeteers ⁕Tayū—the chanters ⁕Shamisen players Occasionally other instruments such as taiko drums will be used. The most accurate term for the traditional puppet theater in Japan is ningyō jōruri. The combination of chanting and shamisen playing is called jōruri and the Japanese word for puppet is ningyō. Bunraku puppetry has been a documented traditional activity for Japanese for hundreds of years.


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