June is town-wide joruri (puppet theater) month. Joruri Theater is the town's cultural and communications center, handing down tradition of Nose Joruri to future generations.
Mountainous Nose Town is a beautiful town, where water from crystal clear streams soaks into rice paddies. Some 200 years ago, Sugimura Ryosuke, who received joruri (puppet theater) training in Osaka, began teaching joruri in Nose. With this as a starting point, the first joruri narrator/master in Nose was raised during the Bunka period (1804-1817), and joruri shows were held frequently. The tradition of Nose Joruri was thus fostered by the local people as an indigenous performing art engaged in any spare time between farm work. Nose Joruri, performed in a unique style with only narratives and the accompaniment of futozao shamisen, without puppet performances, was selected as an intangible folk cultural property by Osaka Prefecture in 1974, and by the national government in 1999. After establishment of the Joruri Theater in 1993, the Nose Ningyo Joruri Rokkakuza, a joruri-performing company, was formed, adding puppet performances and musical accompaniment. The theater, a venue for joruri performances, also opens for various community events.
Location〒 563-0341 30 Shukuno, Nose-cho, Toyono-gun, Osaka
ClosedTuesdays (Thursdays when holidays fall on Tuesday), New Year holidays
OpenVaries by show
PriceVaries by show
DirectionsBoard Hankyu bus from Yamashita Station on the Nose Railway; right outside Nosecho Yakuba-mae bus stop