Tokushima is the most popular place of Ningyo Joruri in Japan. Nearly 30 puppet makers are still active in Tokushima, and they receive orders for puppet repairs and new puppet from all over Japan. It is no exaggeration to say that Tokushima’s puppeteers support Japanese Ningyo Joruri.
The heads of the puppets used in Ningyo Joruri are extremely elaborate, which can change the facial expression for example, closing eyes or opening mouse etc. depending on the role. Please try to deepen your understanding of Japanese Ningyo Joruri puppet production by assembling a head (Kiyohime) made with a 3D printer, along with a demonstration and explanation of puppet production by a puppeteer.