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Bunraku - Japanese Puppet Play

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  • Title (object)

    • Bunraku - Japanese Puppet Play
  • Description

    Photobook, one volume, first edition. Numerous photographic plates. English text. Square 8vo. Original boards in dustwrapper.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1939
  • Production place

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  • Technique

  • Curator's comments

    The second work that Watanabe published before the war. Far from being children's entertainment, bunraku is a highly developed art-form in Japan with roots in the 15th century. The present book documents performances by the great masters Yoshida Bungoro (1869-1962, designated 'living national treasure', ningen kokuho) and Yoshida Eiza (1872-1945). Catching the right moment under difficult light conditions Watanabe achieves an impressive photo-reportage. In terms of printing and design this book is superior to the one of the same title printed three years later by Chikuma Shobo. Only two copies in OCLC. (Titus Boeder, 4/2007)


  • Bibliography

    • Boeder 2007 101 bibliographic details
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  • Additional IDs

    • PB.358 (Photobook number)

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