Awa Jurobe Yashiki will hold an exhibition of autumn wooden puppets and a special performance titled “Supporting Dolls”.
Held during the period from 10/22 (Sat) to 11/23 (Wed/holiday) [Image 1
～What is Awa Jurobei Mansion?～
At Awa Jurobei Yashiki, a nationally important intangible cultural property, “Awa Ningyo Joruri,” is performed every day. In addition, in the exhibition room, the features of Awa Ningyo Joruri and wooden puppets are exhibited, and special performances and exhibitions on the theme of Tokushima’s traditional culture are held regularly. [Image 2
■ Mokugu Exhibition “Supporting Dolls”
Saturday, October 22nd to Wednesday, November 23rd (holiday) Townspeople, peasants, apprentices, slaves, shoguns and catchers, Kawagoe ninsoku, terako, maids, waitresses, court ladies, etc. You can see the unique expressions of the supporting puppets used.
Since there are no fixed rules for the head of the supporting role, the puppeteer sculpts them freely with their own ingenuity. The size is one size smaller to make the main character stand out.
It captures the characteristics of the people around us, such as a face that seems to be a really nice person, a somewhat goofy expression, a spitefulness and a strange seriousness, and expresses them with a little exaggeration. I’m here.
Please enjoy the charm of the unique dolls in both the exhibition and the performance.
■ Demonstration by a puppeteer
October 22nd (Sat), 23rd (Sun), November 5th (Sat), 6th (Sun) 10:00-12:00, 13:00-15:00 each day
In Tokushima, about 30 doll makers still carry on the tradition of making dolls. A face is carved out of a paulownia or cypress log, split in half in front of the ears, and hollowed out. The eyes are closed, the mouth opens, and the eyebrows move up and down. The coating is done by dissolving gofun, a white pigment made from seashells, with glue (a type of adhesive) and applying it about 20 times to polish it. With a fine brush called a mensofude, the eyebrows and eyes are drawn, and the hair is tied and attached, all done by one person.
■Special Performance “Keisei Awa no Naruto Jurobe Uchi no Dan” [Image 4
Saturday, November 12, 15:00-
Tayu: Tomi Noboru Fujii, Shamisen: Tomokazu Takemoto, Puppets: Narutoza Sunday, November 13, 15:00-
Tayu: Yuki Takemoto, Shamisen: Tomoharu Tsurusawa, Puppet: Heisei-za Sunday, November 20, 15:00-
Tayu: Aigama Yoshimoto, Shamisen: Tomokazu Takemoto, Puppet: Fureaiza You can watch it together with the regular performance “Keisei Awa no Naruto Junrei Uta no Dan” (from 14:00).
The puppet joruri “Keijo Awa no Naruto” is a story of a family disturbance created in the name of Jurobe Bando, a headman who was executed as a victim of the clan’s policy in 1698 without the crime being revealed.
The Tayu tells stories with emotion, and the Gidayu Shamisen supports the narration with a variety of tones that cannot be expressed on a musical notation. And a puppet manipulated by three people who are unparalleled in the world. We hope that you will enjoy the
performances that we Japanese people’s sensibilities are strongly alive in the expressions that each of them weaves to your heart’s content.
General 410 yen, high school/university students 310 yen,
elementary/junior high school students 200 yen
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