Japanese Studies *: Guide to Bunraku

General research guide for Japan/ Japanese studies, consisting of English and Japanese sources.

Introduction to Bunraku

Also known as "Ningyo joruri," Bunraku is a form of traditional puppet theatre which originated in Osaka in the 17th century. It became extrememly popular among the urban commoner population in the cities of Osaka and Edo during the 18th and 19th centuries. The most playwright for this form of theatre, Chikamatsu Monzaemon, is sometimes referred to as the "Shakespeare of Japan."

Page created by Mitsutaka Nakamura, May 2018.

Basic E-Resources for Bunraku

Best place to start learning Bunraku, such as fundamental knowledge, history, dolls and popular performances including audiovisual excerpts: 

Advanced E-Resources for Bunraku

Information from a non-profit organization and theatre such as fundamental knowledge, stage performances, including profiles of performers: 

Watch Bunraku

Selected DVD titles available at USC Libraries: