Awaji Puppet Theatre Introduction

Inheriting the tradition of Tojiro Yoshida

From the early Edo period to the beginning of the Showa era, there were puppet theaters of various sizes on Awaji Island, and they performed not only on Awaji Island but throughout the country to convey the charm of Ningyo Joruri. One of the big seats, the tools of Yoshida Denjiroza Awaji Puppet Theatre Has inherited and performed. It was a troupe of the thirty-eight seats that signed and stamped the "Soujou Shinichi Fudaji" in the 6th year of the Genbun (1741) of the "Hiketa Family Document".

As with Gen, Hisashi, and Roku no Sanza, I toured countries with a driver's license and a driver's license. From around the 20th year of the Meiji era to the 40th year of the Meiji era, members were also included from the Rokutayu Kobayashi seat to form a youth group, which was divided into two groups for entertainment. The main destinations of the tour are Awaji, Tokushima, Sanuki, Iyo, Kii, Harima, San'indō, Hokurikudo, etc., and Iyo seems to have many customers. It is said that there were rare items such as lieutenants and black lieutenants, as well as animals such as foxes, tigers, and spiders, which are said to be excellent products of face light.

Showa Nokake play

The princess of the Matsudaira feudal lord Matsudaira (Mr. Hisamatsu from the Meiji era) who saw the play "Honcho Hiroshi Takashi" in the Denjiro-za asked him to wear it on Yaegakihime. Awaji Puppet Theatre It is still carefully preserved, and there are still elaborate fusuma with chrysanthemum flowers embroidered on it. The tool stand given by the feudal lord was excellent, and although other seats imitated it, it is said that none of them could match the Yoshida Tojiro seat.

As a material to remember the prosperity of the Tojiro-za, he made repeated donations to the construction of the Konpira Gongen Cash Hall in Sanuki during the Cultural and Bunsei era (1804-1829). It is known that he made a donation and that he donated a hundred yen to Konpira Shrine in Sanuki in 1880 and received the silver cup with a crest. In February 1918, Tojiroza was invited to drop the persimmons in Uchiko-za, Uchiko-cho, Ehime Prefecture, and the leaflets and contracts that were performed for 11 days still exist in Uchiko-za. As for the show, we performed "Imoseyama Onna Teiwa Kun," which Tejiroza was good at.

In the early Showa period, it became difficult to manage like other seats, and it was closed from the end of the Second World War, and the owner of the seat started to run an antique shop separately. In 1933, he became the founder of the monument of the birthplace of Awaji Puppets in the precincts of Sanjo Omido, but since there was no heir, he transferred a set of tools and ancient documents to the Awaji Puppet Arts Association.

" Awaji Puppet Theatre From birth to designation as a nationally designated important intangible folk cultural property

The Awaji Puppet Theater was protected by the feudal lords and influential people in the region, and was performed all over the country. Due to the pain of the young successor, the young successor did not grow up or gradually declined. After World War II, the Awaji Puppet was in danger of disappearing. With the power of people who try to keep the tradition, 1964 (1964) " Awaji Puppet Theatre Was born, and then the Awaji Puppet Association was established with the cooperation of 1 city and 10 towns (currently 3 cities) on Awaji Island. Started the box office Awaji Puppet Theatre While performing in the permanent building, it also performs in Japan as well as abroad. We are also engaged in activities to popularize and develop Ningyo Joruri, such as providing guidance to successor groups and cooperating with puppet theater preservation societies nationwide.

On May 4, 1976, the performing arts that express emotions and emotions were highly evaluated both inside and outside the country, along with the growing momentum to review traditional performing arts, saying, "Let's protect the classical performing arts of the hometown." Awaji Ningyo Joruri has been designated as a nationally designated important intangible folk cultural property.