Japanese puppeteers perform at MU

October 6, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT
Tamon Sawayanagi, 66 and director of the Imada Puppet Troupe from Iida City, Japan, demonstrates how a puppet works on Friday. It takes a total of three people to animate a puppet in the traditional Japanese art form, while a tayu, or a narrator, tells the story and gives voices to the characters. The performance is usually accompanied by a musician playing a samisen, a Japanese version of the mandolin, which provides sound effects and helps set the mood. The troupe performed at MU Friday.

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