The Bunraku Collection

The Tales of Ise / Hadekurabe Ise monogatari / 競伊勢物語 (February 1974)

photographer: Barbara Curtis Adachi

 

The League of the 47 Ronin / Kanadehon Chūshingura / 仮名手本忠臣蔵 (September 1978)

photographer: Barbara Curtis Adachi

 

Fukeoyama in The Battles of Genji and Heike / Hiragana Seisuiki / ひらかな盛衰記 (February 1979)

photographer: Barbara Curtis Adachi

 

Genta in The Dances of the Four Seasons / Hanakurabe shiki no kotobuki / 花競四季寿 (December 1980)

photographer: Barbara Curtis Adachi

 

Tsuruzawa Jūzō IV / 鶴澤重造 (四), Shamisen Player

photographer: Barbara Curtis Adachi

 

The Tiger Hunt, from The Battle of Coxinga / Kokusen'ya kassen / 国性爺合戦 (February 1982)

photographer: Barbara Curtis Adachi

 

Musume in Kiichi's Book of Strategy / Kiichi Hūgen sanryaku no maki / 鬼一法眼三略巻 (September 1979)

photographer: Barbara Curtis Adachi

 

Nakoshi Shōji / Wig Master

photographer: Barbara Curtis Adachi

 

Puppet Head

photographer: Barbara Curtis Adachi

 

Kenbishi in The Battles of Genji and Heike / Hiragana seisuiki / ひらかな盛衰記(February 1979)

photographer: Barbara Curtis Adachi

 

Yokanbei in Kiichi's Book of Strategy / Kiichi Hūgen sanryaku no maki / 鬼一法眼三略巻 (September 1979)

photographer: Barbara Curtis Adachi

 

Bunraku, Japanese puppet theater, is an unusually complex dramatic form, a collaborative effort among puppeteers, narrators, and musicians. Columbia University Libraries' Bunraku collection is one the most extensive in the world, documenting its rich performance tradition, which has been recognized by UNESCO as a "masterpiece" of humanity. >>

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The Bunraku gallery is divided into plays, productions, authors, backstage subjects, kashira, and characters. It documents the form's revival in the second half of the 20th century, through more than 12,500 slides and nearly 7,000 black-and-white photographs of rehearsals and performances.

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Special Feature

Yukahon and translation of Act 8
from The League of the 47 Ronin /
Kanadehon Chūshingura /
仮名手本忠臣蔵
 

Within each play and production, you will find individual scene, image, and puppeteer information.

 

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