Ningyo Joruri Puppet Theater Staged In Paris

Ningyo Joruri puppet theater staged in Paris

Parisians have enjoyed a performance of traditional puppet theater of Japan known as Ningyo Joruri.

The stage is part of "Japonismes 2018," a series of events in France showcasing Japanese culture.

Photoscape / Teenagers Help Preserve Art Of Puppet Theater

Photoscape / Teenagers help preserve art of puppet theater

By Masanori Inagaki / Yomiuri Shimbun PhotographerLeaders of traditional puppet theater are working to pass their art on to future generations, holding workshops for younger people and energetically performing in Japan and overseas.

Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo is a puppet show in Hachioji, Tokyo. The Nishikawa Koryu Troupe headed by fifth-generation leader Nishikawa Koryu, 64, is working hard to ensure its art survives.

Digital Puppet Instrument Is Played By Opening Its Mouth

Digital Puppet Instrument Is Played by Opening Its MouthKeromin, from Troche, is a digital puppet instrument. It's played by opening the puppet's mouth to vary the pitch. Rhythm and volume can also be controlled, using switches on the puppet's arms.

"This puppet is easy to relate to, so it's a toy as well as an instrument, and it can also be used as a communication tool. Keromin makes everyone smile, so it brings people together right away."