Chanter: Takemoto Koshiji Tayuu
Shamisen: Nozawa Kizaemon

Source: Kara Bunraku no Miryouku (Tankousha, 1969) author: Yoshinaga Takao; photos: Mimura Kouichi, p. 22-23

Takemoto Moji Tayu in performance: the Bunraku chanter tells the story, speaking all the dialogue, and providing each cha

racter with a different persona by changing the register and timber of his voice. In this series of photographs, the full range of emotions plays across the chanter's face.

Source: p. 17; Japanese Theater by Thomas Immoos (text) and Fred Mayer (photos). London: Studio Vista, 1977. English translation by Hugh Young.