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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

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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
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Osaka Informer @osakainformer - 2019-05-16
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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
Daruma Scholarship Program @Daruma_Program - 2019-01-12
Bunraku, also known as Ningyō jōruri is a traditional Japanese puppet theatre! We saw a very famous program at the National Theatre!
OSAKA NIGHT CULTURE @osakaentameshow - 2018-12-17
「#bunrakushow」
~Comic stories teller guides the fun of Bunraku~
2019.1/20(sun)~24(thu)
'#Bunraku': Japanese Traditi… https://t.co/LTftaCgHN1
Mulboyne @Mulboyne - 2018-12-10
There was an anti-terrorism drill at the National Bunraku Theatre. I like the way the musicians stay in their seats… https://t.co/JI5qQC58xs
Written by Morgan @MorganCranch - 2018-11-21
First full day here in Osaka! Went and saw a Bunraku performance named “Katsuragawa Renri no Shigarami” at the Nati… https://t.co/SwsvMs7lHY
Jeff Soesbe @jeffsoesbe - 2018-09-10
About to see Bunraku at the National Theatre in Tokyo, hanging out with Kurogo-chan the offical mascot of the theat… https://t.co/bKzoUdj6Da
kaho abe @kahodesu - 2018-08-07
As a child, I saw a documentary abt Bunraku traditional Japanese puppet theater. Remember so clearly this one scary… https://t.co/ttaaG1nnG6
I am (not) a Monster @notamonster_NBH - 2018-07-29
Day 2: filming with Bunraku master and National Living Treasure Kanjuro Kiritake III. Bunraku is a form of traditio… https://t.co/vdWTuM4PqC
Yoshi_Suematsu @MedievalRagbag - 2018-07-02
The authoritative and accessible introductions in English to the three main forms of traditional Japanese theatre:… https://t.co/T0yEIWDUSm
cubes @ 🇨🇳 @lordhamstr - 2018-06-23
after getting takoyaki, we went to the national bunraku theatre to see a puppet show. they didn’t have english but… https://t.co/xfhMaSeZ9h
cubes @ 🇯🇵 @lordhamstr - 2018-06-23
after getting takoyaki, we went to the national bunraku theatre to see a puppet show. they didn’t have english but… https://t.co/xfhMaSeZ9h
Visit Kyoto & Nara @VisitKyotoNara - 2018-06-11
Have you heard of #BUNRAKU ?
It’s the traditional puppet theater in Japan performed with #Joruri (narration with… https://t.co/QmGeETOzo9
hayatama @hayatama1971 - 2018-05-22
Osaka's National Bunraku Theatre to offer English workshop in June - The Mainichi - https://t.co/45uJJmlqo7
Bunraku News @bunraku_en - 2018-05-19
https://t.co/scWSJP7rMQ

#bunraku [mainichi]OSAKA – The National Bunraku Theatre will be holding its “Discover Bunr… https://t.co/bHI1n6md5y
Helen Parker #MVM @wild_indigo - 2018-04-03
@AsianStudiesEd On my homestay at the end of 1st year, my host mother took me to see a performance at #Kabukiza. Th… https://t.co/xWrCqlDSr3
BonVoyageurs @BonVoyageurs - 2018-04-01
Bunraku puppet theatre is one of the most important traditional art forms in Japan
See it at the National Bunraku T… https://t.co/4Gdp1E2BJt
krunchie です。 @Capn_krunchie - 2018-01-03
we are close to the nmb shop but we need to head to the national Bunraku theatre
krunchie です。 @Capn_krunchie - 2018-01-03
we are close to the nmb shop but we need to head to the national Bunraku theatre
Jui Hong @juihong - 2017-11-17
The National Theatre of Japan. If I had more time, I would research to see a Kabuki or a Bunraku… https://t.co/WIEhZxLzqn
Nohgaku news (en) @nohgakunews_en - 2017-11-08
https://t.co/B5oM3wIdxT

#nohgaku #kyogen [毎日新聞]This year, the English-language “navigator” will be Shigeyama Doji, a young kyogen actor f…
kei @mixjyuce - 2017-11-05
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kei @mixjyuce - 2017-11-05
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kei 🌳 齊藤京子大好きラーメンです @mixjyuce - 2017-11-05
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Bunraku News @bunraku_en - 2017-10-21
https://t.co/QRhLXXf8wc

#bunraku [毎日新聞]OSAKA – The National Bunraku Theatre here will be offering an English introduction to the traditio…

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