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Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan)

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The marionette performance was delightful. Simple but enchanting. There was information about the... read more

Reviewed April 5, 2018
Julie G
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Awesome puppet show

After the float museum we were invited by the staff of Karakuri museum to join the puppet show. So... read more

Reviewed November 22, 2017
Vilnius, Lithuania
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This museum displays hundreds of lion-masks traditionally used in ritual Japanese dance.
53-1 Sakura-machi, Takayama, Gifu Prefecture
+81 577-32-0881
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Reviewed April 5, 2018 via mobile

The marionette performance was delightful. Simple but enchanting. There was information about the mechanical working of the marionettes and one can imagine how they have delighted kids and adults across the ages.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Julie G
Reviewed November 22, 2017

After the float museum we were invited by the staff of Karakuri museum to join the puppet show. So glad we did ! Karakuri are the mechanical puppets made in 17th century and still functioning. There are explanations in both Japanese and English to understand...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed September 19, 2017

We paid 600yen and walked into a relatively small room, mostly full of lion masks. Lions, or shishi as they're known, are magical creatures that protect from evil spirits and stand outside a number of Japanese Buddhist shrines. The other half of the museum was...More

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed August 31, 2017

The lion dance masks are very much secondary as the puppet show and explanation is much more interesting and I like to go when I visit this part of town (normally after the float museum). BUT, I find it very frustrating that about half the...More

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed July 7, 2017

Amazing puppet show with audience participation, suitable for both adults and children. It really is good fun and the exhibits are interesting also. There is also a large collection of face masks.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Gringo999
Reviewed April 18, 2017

Going to the exhibition on the dolls was a great eye opener, and highlighted the ingenuity of the people. It was impressive to note a craftsman who was 7th generation doll maker. Considering the age of these dolls the level of animation is extraordinary

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed April 7, 2017

I wanted to see the huge collection of lion masks, but the shows took the lime light. The puppets perform 4 amazing shows some even make you laugh. A great place to visit

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Ross B
Reviewed January 1, 2017

I can't be more happy of this experience, the lion masks are beautiful but the best part is the exhibition with the ancient puppets. The staff was gentle and spoke also a little English to let us understand what was happening, we were the only...More

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Tardisgirly
Reviewed November 7, 2016

Worth a visit to see the karakuri (mechanical marionettes) demonstration which lasts around 25 mins. Apart from this the museum only contains lots of lion head masks which are reasonably interesting but only take 5/10 mins to look at.

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank Jasmine38Chichester
Reviewed September 22, 2016 via mobile

I was thrilled that I popped into this museum. It was awesome to see the puppets in action! It takes a lot of skill to be able to work the puppets and you will get to see that during the performance. Wish I could share...More

Date of experience: September 2016
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