Thursday, February 23, 2006

Faces: Ena Bunraku

Hiroshi Watanabe... Faces: Ena Bunraku (25 images). "...The tradition of Ena Bunraku is now in the hands of twenty members of the Ena Bunraku Conservatory in Kaware village whose current population is only 280. There are now only sixty-five puppet heads kept in a small warehouse at the corner of the playground in the village’s elementary school. They only come out a few times a year to perform in front of an audience. Other times, they are kept sleeping in the dark. The school was closed in 2003 because there were not enough students to attend in the village." From Hiroshi Watanabe Photography.


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