- Kuroda Puppet Troupe
The Kuroda Puppet Troupe (黒田人形座) is a traditional Japanese puppet troupe in the style commonly known as "ningyō jōruri" or
bunrakubased in the city of Iidain Naganoprefecture. Founded in 1688, the Troupe has performed continuously to the present.
. The Troupe's current performance hall was constructed in the 1990s by the government of Iida and is built in a traditional style. The Troupe also performs several times a year at Suwa Shrine (located next to their current hall) and the Iida Puppetry Festival. Until the construction of their new puppetry hall, the Kuroda Troupe performed in a traditional theater originally built in the late Edo period. Now designated as a national treasure, the theater stands on the grounds of the Suwa Shrine.
The Troupe also hosts summer puppetry training programs for American students at the Kuroda Puppetry Hall in conjunction with the
University of Missouriand the American-based Japanese theater group, Bunraku Bay Puppet Troupe.
* [http://www.city.iida.nagano.jp/puppet/kuroda/ Information on Kuroda from the city of Iida's webpage]
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