Seiwa Bunraku “Yuki-Onna”


date: Sunday, July 6, 2014
venue: Open Theatre, Lefkas Cultural Center, Lefkada
http://hearn2014.yakumokai.org/events#seiwabunraku

Seiwa Bunraku is a puppet play (Ningyo Jyoruri) which continues for more than 150 years in Seiwa Village, Kumamoto. It’s the villagers who have carried on this performance. The original costumes and heads of the dolls are kept in “Bunrakukan” building in the village. This traditional performance is played as many as 260 times a year. “Yuki-Onna” was added to the repertoire as Lafcadio Hearn, the original writer of the story, stayed in Kumamoto for almost 3 years. The script for “Yuki-Onna”, however, was written by Kazutoshi Hando.