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Japan Society (East 40s)
333 E. 47th St.
New York, N.Y.
One block from the United Nations, this five-floor cultural center has a perennially fashionable interior More.


Thurs-Sat, 7:30 pm; February 28 - March 2



Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo Puppet Theater

Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo Puppet Theater

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Koryu Nishikawa, the fifth grand master of Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo Puppet Theater, returns to NYC with four female-focused stories from classic literature: Kuzunoha, about a mother’s undying love for her child; Date Musume Koi Higanoko, which depicts a woman’s heroic sacrifice for her lover; Tsuri On’na, a comical piece about “fishing” for a wife; and Yugao, a new work from Nishikawa based on a story from The Tale of Genji, in which the jealous spirit of one of Genji’s lovers possesses a young woman he’s courting. Kuruma ningyo, literally meaning "puppets on wheels," refers to the company's unique technique in which the puppeteer sits atop a three-wheeled dolly, adding an element of dynamism and power to each character. Don’t miss this rare chance to see a full-scale production with chanters and shamisen players.