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Typical Weekend? I got blessed by a puppet!

June 8th, 2008 · 3 Comments · My Photos, The sights, Typical

This weekend I took advantage of some of my own advice and went to Rikugi-en Park and took in the Edo Ningyo. Edo Ningyo is a traditional Japanese marionette puppet show and the puppeteer was amazing! The emotions and lifelike movements he elicited from his stringed muses only enhanced the stories that they silently shared with the rapt audience. No interpreter was required and I chuckled and clapped along with the rest of the audience.

Here is the shishi (lion) with the other puppets in the background:

ShiShi Ningyo

As many of you are aware the shishimai or lion dance is usually performed by unseen men who coordinate the movements of the lion’s body and head throughout the dance. Imagine the crowd’s surprise when the puppeteer showed us one of the the two ‘men’ all while holding the controls to the marionette in his mouth!

ShiShi Ningyo1

At the end of the performance not a person moved as the puppeteer worked his way through the audience with the shishi, having it nibbling on each person’s head as he went by. My neighbor at the performance was kind enough to tell me that this was a blessing for good health so I patiently awaited my turn…

ShiShi Good Health

I was blessed with good health and an entertaining performance! How lucky am I?

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 billywest // Jun 9, 2008 at 1:37 am

    Looks really cool. I have to start checking more stuff like that out.

  • 2 Nick Ramsay // Jun 10, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    It does look fun. I must make an effort to get out and enjoy Japan a little, remind myself why I’m here! I used to go sightseeing, you know. Somewhere I have a huge photo album full of my traveling pics… ah, memories…

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