Thursday, August 20, 2015

Bunraku by daylight

In Matsuyama in Cherry Blossom Time, we were treated to a bunraku lady in daylight. This shows her secret, a puppetmaster who makes her move. In the performance we saw later,
the drama was very moving; one completely forgot about the puppetmaster, who
does not show against the black backdrop on the dimly lighted stage.
If you ever get a chance to see this, be sure to go! It is an amazing art!

Kino kure kyo mata kurete yuku haru ya

Yesterday ended,
today again there will be an end--
spring is going


Yuku haru ya omotaki biwa no daki gokoro

The going of spring!
The heaviness of a mandolin
felt while it is held.


Haiku Master Buson, Yuki Sawa and
Edith M. Schiffert, Heian, 1978, both on page 57.

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