Japanese puppetry workshops coming to 3 county libraries

KORYU NISHIKAWA V, Master puppeteer

Koryu Nishikawa V, a fifth-generation master puppeteer of the Kuruma Ningyo style, will offer a free workshop in traditional Japanese puppetry at three Maui County libraries in September.

Kuruma Ningyo is the 160-year-old form of puppetry related to the three-person style of Bunraku. However, in Kuruma Ningyo, a puppet is operated by a single puppeteer sitting on a small wheeled cart. The puppeteer uses his hands and feet to manipulate the puppet’s arms, legs and head, all while rolling about the stage on the cart.

Assisting Master Nishikawa will be Tom Lee, director, designer, puppet artist and former Mililani, Oahu, resident, who has appeared in “War Horse” on Broadway and in “Madama Butterfly” at the Metropolitan Opera.

Participants can get up close to see the beautiful, traditional Japanese puppets and watch how they are brought to life through skillful puppetry technique.

The workshop will be offered at these libraries:

• Saturday, 2 p.m. — Kahului Public Library.

• Sept. 20, 3 p.m. — Molokai Public Library.

• Sept. 21, 2 p.m. — Lanai Public & School Library.

For more information, visit www.librarieshawaii.org/events. Search keyword Puppetry, or click on Traditional Japanese Puppetry Workshop at Libraries.