“Cyber Bunraku” by Arai

  • ©Kiyoshi Arai


Entry Number: 18


    Cyber Bunraku

Program Title:

    Electric Garden



Project Affiliation:

    Hitachi, Ltd.


    Bunraku, the traditional Japanese puppet show, was originally established as one of the most popular entertainments in Japan a few hundred years ago. In a Bunraku play, a puppet is manipulated by three puppeteers: one for facial expressions and the other two for body movement.

    Cyber Bunraku is an experimental system t hat supports manipulation of CG characters in real time. A facial expression tracker is used by the facial performer, while the puppeteering device for body movement is used by a traditional Bunraku puppeteer. The two performers create the 3D CG character’s movements, behaviors, and emotions, which allows the audience to enjoy a brand-new traditional art form. The system was devel- oped by Hitachi, Ltd. and Fuji Television Network, Inc.


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