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The National Bunraku Theatre

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The National Bunraku Theatre is a national theater where traditional Bunraku plays are performed. It opened in 1984 as Japan's 4th national theater.
Bunraku, also known as "Ningyo Joruri", is a form of traditional Japanese puppet play originated in Osaka in the early Edo Period (1603 - 1868). The art form was popularized here and it is said that Bunraku was more popular than Kabuki during a certain period of time. The most famous Bunraku playwright, Chikamatsu Monzaemon, wrote plays set in Osaka concerning the classes that traditionally had no place in Japanese art - merchants and the denizens of the pleasure quarters. Not surprisingly, Bunraku found an appreciative audience among these people and a theater was established to put on the plays of Chikamatsu Monzaemon in Dotonbori. Today's theater is an attempt to revive the fortunes of Bunraku.
The National Bunraku Theatre houses a Bunraku Hall with 753 seats, a small hall with 159 seats, and an exhibition room. Other Japanese traditional performances, such as Kabuki, are also held here. Program guides in English and earphones are available. Performances are only held at certain times of the year, so please check with the tourist information offices or their official website.

Opening HoursOpening Hours

  • Depands on the show
  • Exhibition Room: 10:00 - 18:00

ClosedClosed

  • Irregular

Price / Entrance FeePrice / Entrance Fee

  • Depends on the show
  • Exhibition Room: Admission Free

Access / Public TransportAccess / Public Transport

  • Short walk from Nippombashi Station on the Osaka Municipal Subway Sakaisuji Line (K17) or Sennichimae Line (S17)
  • 5 minutes walk from Kintetsu Nippombashi Station on the Kintetsu Namba Line or Kintetsu Nara Line

Address / LocationAddress / Location

  • 1-12-10, Nippombashi, Chuo-ku Osaka-shi, Osaka, 542-0073

TweetsTweets

TSUMUGU: Japan Art & Culture (English ed.) @jpn_art_culture - 2020-07-17
Watch the National Bunraku (puppet) Theatre performance of “Kaminari Daiko” on YouTube free of charge until Aug 31:… https://t.co/nf4MdIukdR
TSUMUGU: Japan Art & Culture (English ed.) @jpn_art_culture - 2020-07-10
Watch 'The Gion Festival and the Chronicle of Nobunaga' bunraku (Japanese puppet theater) performance at the Nation… https://t.co/Shgz2SKGbu
Sound & Video Contractor @SVC_Online - 2020-06-24
.@RIEDELnet MediorNet Drives All-New Digital Video Operation for Japan’s National Bunraku Theatre https://t.co/HNFm87qz5a #AVTweeps
Doctor R Shaldjian Morrison @Swarthyface - 2020-06-19
This National Theatre Tokyo bunraku performance of the five-act play *Gion Sairei Shinkôki* (The Gion Festival Chro… https://t.co/GUeKQT2ClD
ProAVLCentral @ProAVLCentral - 2020-06-17
The National Bunraku Theatre has chosen Riedel's MediorNet real-time network to drive signal transport for its upgr… https://t.co/vs2FmKJXdA
mondo*dr @mondodr - 2020-06-17
The National Bunraku Theatre in Osaka, Japan, chooses @RIEDELnet’s MediorNet real-time network to drive signal tran… https://t.co/5gfy7NwWAH
Angie Sotiropoulos @mittengirlart - 2020-06-15
Been a bit busy so not much time to do my Japan sketches but I do have a couple more done. This one is the National… https://t.co/Ys3vBwr35c
在バンクーバー日本国総領事館 @JapanCons_vanc - 2020-06-11
WATCH:
The BUNRAKU version of AKOYA at the National Bunraku Puppet Theatre, Osaka (Japanese only)

#BUNRAKU is one… https://t.co/XNcanHgZZq
Rafael Caro Repetto @RCaroRepetto - 2020-06-07
The National Bunraku Theatre of Osaka offers a performance of the 'The battle of Dan-no-ura'. Only until June 30! (… https://t.co/vbogymj4qc
Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago @JpnCons_Chicago - 2020-05-28
You’ve probably heard of Kabuki, but how about #Bunraku, Japanese puppet theatre? Lucky for you the National Theatr… https://t.co/SCfZ0LNvxN
Japan Society Talks+ @js_TalksPlus - 2020-05-17
The National Theatre, Tokyo is now streaming this well-known bunraku, a Japanese puppet performance, and you can wa… https://t.co/HJtWIrSYpg
Myrgan Wood @MyrganWood - 2020-05-16
Bunraku is a modern form of Japanese puppet theatre that has its roots in the 16th century!

Check out Part 1 of t… https://t.co/6L6tXBxrpe
Art Japan @Art21JPN - 2020-04-22
【Watch a kabuki classic at home for free】
'Five hours of the 18th century play Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura are free to… https://t.co/DODMa8cOrH
☕ Latte Sipping Bogan @Latte_Bogan - 2020-02-26
Just received this email.

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'With the aim of reducing the risk of corona virus infe… https://t.co/SnbB6bZW0m
☕ Latte Sipping Bogan @Latte_Bogan - 2020-02-26
Just received this email.

According to google translate:

'With the aim of reducing the risk of corona virus infe… https://t.co/SnbB6bZW0m
国立劇場文楽公演(東京・大阪) @bunraku09 - 2020-02-20
【National Theatre,Tokyo】 Now selling “after 7 ticket' on Feb. BUNRAKU Performance.
You can get the same day ticket(… https://t.co/4f7W3XTJEn
国立劇場文楽公演(東京・大阪) @bunraku09 - 2020-02-20
【National Theatre,Tokyo】 Now selling “after 7 ticket' on Feb. BUNRAKU Performance.
You can get the same day ticket(… https://t.co/4f7W3XTJEn
Crom Saunders @cromsaunders - 2020-01-04
Bunraku puppet! Saw a bunraku show today at the National Bunraku Theatre. #cromtravels https://t.co/wbRRsTbBG8
Aelen @aelen_altria - 2019-12-11
The National Theatre of Japan sometimes does 'Discover Kabuki/Bunraku etc.' showings, where they provide explanatio… https://t.co/Og5EDbM8xw
FUN! JAPAN @FUNJAPANTravel - 2019-12-04
Did you already read <What is Bunraku? Let's Visit the National Bunraku Theatre to Know More!>? https://t.co/4m3wx2HRq0
FUN! JAPAN @FUNJAPANTravel - 2019-12-04
Did you already read <What is Bunraku? Let's Visit the National Bunraku Theatre to Know More!>? https://t.co/bXh3FOl80I
FUN! JAPAN @FUNJAPANTravel - 2019-12-04
Did you already read <What is Bunraku? Let's Visit the National Bunraku Theatre to Know More!>? https://t.co/ufVjlBG5qO
Aldona Pikul 🌿 @lolpandukai - 2019-08-23
- bunraku day at the Bunraku National Theatre in Osaka, then slept at a capsule hostel [8/1]
- M. comes! [8/2]
- Ra… https://t.co/hNkTQPZGYW
Ron Schindler @UTRonSchindler - 2019-06-10
Osaka's National Bunraku Theatre offering English introductory workshop in June - The Mainichi… https://t.co/Y3AYhZtkjN
Ixtab @elduquec - 2019-06-09
Osaka's National Bunraku Theatre offering English introductory workshop in June - The Mainichi https://t.co/496XftzYkR
Huttson @Huttson - 2019-05-16
Osaka’s National Bunraku Theatre offering English introductory workshop in June — The Mainichi… https://t.co/w5oENkY7bB
Osaka Informer @osakainformer - 2019-05-16
Osaka’s National Bunraku Theatre offering English introductory workshop in June – The Mainichi… https://t.co/2X9DKEX0h7
国立劇場文楽公演(東京・大阪) @bunraku09 - 2019-04-09
National Bunraku Theatre, Osaka【Discover BUNRAKU】English special web page is now available! You can learn more abou… https://t.co/84PVUfDtng
George Saitoh @george_saitoh - 2019-02-17
Adultery, shame, sacrifice, scapegoating, courtesan pride and fickle gods

C. Monzaemon 's #bunraku play 'The Ancie… https://t.co/dyoO3JEm8K
Andrzej Kozlowski @akoz33 - 2019-02-08
Waiting for tonight’s Bunraku performance at the National Theatre. https://t.co/n2EpomS6kt

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