We held a Virtual Opening Reception “Japanese Dolls: From Showa to Heisei and Reiwa eras”
The first day of the exhibition “Japanese Dolls: From Showa to Reiwa eras”(June 17 – July 28, 2021), Mr. Toyohiko Sato, Chairman of the Japan Toy Culture Foundation, talked about Japanese Dolls from Showa to Reiwa eras. And then, we held “Mini Bunraku performance and commentary” Along with Kabuki and Noh, Bunraku is known as a traditional Japanese performing art. A puppetry tradition that has continued for more than 300 years is characterized by the sophisticated techniques required to simulate realistic movement in the puppets and tell classical stories. Mr. Kanya Yoshida, who won the National Bunraku Theatre’s Grand Prize last year, talked about its profound charm.
■Toyohiko Sato (Left Photo)
Chairman of the Japan Toy Culture Foundation. He has organized exhibitions for toys and dolls in Japan. In 2016, he also managed the very first exhibition of Licca-chan in the world, “Licca Symbol of Kawaii,” in Paris. The following year, the idea of the 50th anniversary Licca-chan exhibition and extraordinary cooperation. Currently, he has built a great licensing partner with Steiff in Germany.
■Kanya Yoshida (Right Photo)
At the age of 19, he enrolled at the National Theatre for Bunraku and has been an accomplished Bunraku puppet master for more than 40 years. In 1986, he served an apprenticeship with the third generation Minosuke Yoshida and took the surname Yoshida. Later he received various awards. Recently, he received the Grand Prize of the 40th National Theater Bunraku.