Kanroku and Mokugu-sha Company Perform at SF State

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- SF State’s Dilena Takeyama Center for the Study of Japan and Japanese Culture hosted the Bunraku event. About a month ago, the center appointed a new executive director, Chris Weinberger, whose main goal is to involve more students, faculty and community in events hosted by the center.

Yukihiro Goto, a Theatre Arts professor at SF State, was among the 85 others who came to enjoy the performance.

“They don’t even need to know the words, they got the message through the actions and dances of the puppets,” Goto said regarding the potential language barrier of the all-Japanese performance. “Even though the puppets aren’t alive, they seem to come alive through the artistry of the three puppeteers. The beauty of the performance transcends language.”