Masuda String Puppets - Evening Performance
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Masuda String Puppets - Evening Performance

Presented by: Masuda String Puppeteers Association

Sat 18th Nov 2017

Price: £9.00

Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Ages: 12+

The are a few returns for this evening's performance call 01603 629921 to book, or you can still book tickets for the afternoon show.

A wonderful opportunity to experience the beautiful and intricate work of traditional Japanese marionette puppetry. Incredibly detailed puppets with up to 18 strings are controlled by highly skilled puppeteers who must train for at least 5 years before they are able to perform.

The Masuda String Puppeteers from Shimane Prefecture, Japan are believed to be the only group still performing in the classic Edo Period Style. They will present several short segments to provide a substantial demonstration of the possibilities of their craft.

The planned programme is:

Kotobuki Sanbaso - An opening performance to bring a good luck to the event.  This celebratory performance has been played at the start of Japanese performing arts such as Kabuki and puppetry for 300 years.

Keisei Awa-no-Naruto - The famous and sad mother-daughter reunion story, first performed in Kyoto in 1695.  


Demonstration of performing traditions - Including a puppet playing an instrument and delicately climbing a slippery ladder (an extract from another famous Japanese Folk Tale).

Yamamoto Ichiryu Shishi-no-Ikkyoku - This lion dance was created by Sankichi Yamamoto, a Tokyo puppeteer who taught puppetry in 1887 and set up the Masuda String Puppeteer group in Shimane.


Further information

7.30pm performance for ages 12+

Family tickets can still be purchased for this performance for 2 adults and 2 under 16s or 1 adult and 3 under 16s.

Running time 1 hour 40 minutes, with an interval.

The afternoon Family Performance is for ages 4+, is shorter and doesn't have an interval. 

This tour has been supported by the Embassy of Japan in the UK

 Japanese Embassy

Also supported by:

Toshiba ANA  SOAS  UEA  SISJAC Centre for Japanese Studies SIC


  • Adult: £9.00
  • Child: £9.00

Dates & Times:

You can book offline by calling the box office on 01603 629 921 or emailing

You can book tickets online for this event via the UEA ticket office*, or by phone through our box office.

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*Please note that an additional booking fee will be added to the ticket price