Entertaining the Gods and Man:
Japanese Dolls and the Theater

By Alan Scott Pate

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
Exhibition Catalog

8-1/2" x 11"
122 Pages
112 Illustrations
Soft Cover

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Alan Scott Pate and the Morikami Museum bring you a lavishly illustrated volume exploring the rich nexus of ningyô and Japanese theater traditions. Chapters include: Ningyô Shibai: The Many Faces of the Japanese Puppet Theater; The Mechanics of Entertainment: Karakuri-ningyô; Temple Fairs, Street Theater, and Living Dolls; Ningyô Meets Kabuki; Noh and Ningyô; and Ningyô and the Political Theater. Meet Hanai Oume, a murderess from the Meiji Era who, following her incarceration, went on to a career as an actress reenacting her own crime on stage. Learn why Momotarô the Peach Boy of legend and lore became such a potent political symbol. Explore the intricacies of Takeda Omi’s mechanical doll theater of 17th century Osaka. Visit a ritual puppet performance on Awaji Island. With 122 pages, including 112 illustrations, including paintings, woodblock prints and ningyo, many of which have never before been published. Includes extensive bibliography.

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