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Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan)

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Address: 53-1 Sakura-machi, Takayama, Gifu Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 577-32-0881
Description: This museum displays hundreds of lion-masks traditionally used in ritual...
This museum displays hundreds of lion-masks traditionally used in ritual Japanese dance.
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Amazing puppetry

For a real slice of traditional japan and unique entertainment, don't miss this museum. We are puppeteers ourselves so were very interested to see this kind of puppetry which is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
ShirleeP
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

For a real slice of traditional japan and unique entertainment, don't miss this museum. We are puppeteers ourselves so were very interested to see this kind of puppetry which is very different to anything else! It won't cost you much and you get to see quite a few different kinds of karakuri puppets perform. We were the only ones there... More 

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Littleton, Colorado
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Absolutely great. Wrong TripAdvisor map location as of 9/28/14. Not near the Takayama City Office. Follow the Google Maps location for an accurate location. My Takayama paper map listed it as the 'Karakuri Museum' but I walked to the wrong location before I figured out it was the same thing as Shishi-Kaikan. Ultimately this is near the Float Exhibition and... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

We had already seen karakuri, japanese traditional mechanical puppets, in action but were impressed by the show at the museum. It's a lot of fun and really interesting to learn how they are controlled and the kind of complicated wood work that makes them move. The staff will provide english explanations during the show if there are foreigners in the... More 

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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61 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

Although the lion masks are worth a view, we went to see the short puppet show that runs regularly throughout the day. I had not appreciated the mechanical nature of these puppets and their operation so it was a fun and interesting visit. To see the skill and time the artisans who look after and restore the puppets gave me... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

As a kid, I was fascinated by Katherine Paterson's "The Master Puppeteer," a young adult book about bunraku (Japanese puppet theater) set in 18th-century Osaka. So when I heard about the Shishi-Kaikan, I was excited to see this ancient art form in action. In the hands of master puppeteers, the amazingly detailed wooden puppets perform very lifelike actions (in this... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2012

If you are interested in Bunraku and the like do go and see their Edo puppets perform. A guy works them and is very skilled...glad i didnt miss it.

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Los Angeles area
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2012

We had no idea this hall held puppets and a well-done show demonstrating how they work and how they are made. This was our favorite in Takayama. Even better than seeing the floats.

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Buderim, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2011

This little puppet show was on every hour an showed how the puppets were made to work. This was amazing considering that the age of these moving puppets is a few hundres years and they have beed kept working by a few dedicated few. The actual lion dance heads were also good to see.

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