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Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan)

53-1 Sakura-machi, Takayama, Gifu Prefecture, Japan
+81 577-32-0881
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Ranked #19 of 48 attractions in Takayama
Type: Specialty Museums
Description: This museum displays hundreds of lion-masks traditionally used in ritual Japanese dance.
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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108 reviews 108 reviews
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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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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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