International Activities


XXIIIrd Congress of UNIMA on line

Attend:Tamiko Onagi, Period; 19-23. April 2021 

Thanks Day: Divadlo Alfa+ Petr Holy and PUK

Period; 28. Aug 2021 

Visited; Naivni Divadlo, Czech

Period; 10~12. Sep 2021 Visited; Festival Mondial de Theatres de Marionnettes de Chaleville -Mezieres France Period; 18~22. Sep 2021, Attendees; Yoko Yamaguchi 

Claudia Orenstein visited PUK:

Period: 5. Oct 2021 she visited Japan as a researcher for Fulbright Scholarship, USA 

N.Georgieva's 90th Birthday Memorial Festival on 15. Oct 2021
Bulgaria (delivery)

T.Takeuchi and Tamiko sent message.


Performance in the 29th Asian Monodrama Festival (KR) “PUK mini variety”

Period: 3-5. Aug 2018

Attend: Yayoi Sakuma, Mamika Kawajiri

International micro festival 2018 (NL)

Period: 31 Aug-2. Sep 2018

Attend: Tamiko Onagi

Performance tour in Croatia & Bulgaria

“The Story of the Seagull and the Gang of Tomcats”, “PUK's Traditional Puppet Vaudeville Show”
Period: 14-26. Sep 2018 


Period: 22-30. Nov 2018, Attend: Tamiko Onagi

Product puppet for State Puppet Theatre Plovdiv(BG). 

Period: 21 Jan. 2019

Work shop at PUK:Marieta Murphy(BG),

Period: 8-9. Jul 2019

Intern at PUK :

 Lucas Franken(DE), Period:27. Jul-26. Aug 2019

Work shop at PUK: Neville Tranter(NL), 

Period: 6. Aug 2019

--PUK’s ‘troupes from abroad’ special issue

No.29_The Alfa Theatre (CZ)
No.31_Stuffed Puppet Theatre(NL) 

--Yoko YAMAGUCHI's Activities

・Plovdiv, Bulgaria International Puppet - Theatre Festival“Three Are Too Many, Two – Not Enough” & TheatAir 2018 period: 3-8. Sep

・Ljubljana, Slovenia

14th International Festival Lutke 2018,

period: 12-16. Sep

・Kleipeda, Lithuania

Lithuanian Puppet Theatre Showcase Materia Magica 2018, period: 20-24. Sep

・Munich, Germany

Münchner Stadtmuseum, Puppet Theatre Collection ,period: 28.Nov-4. Dec

・Organizing of the research trip on Japanese Puppetry for European festival directors, period: 8-21. Apr 2019

・Bialystok, Poland

International Puppet Festival "Metamorfozy Lalek" 2019 period: 16-23 Jun 2019


★7th Biennial of Puppetry Artists of Slovenia,

Tamiko Onagi visit Maribor

on 12th-15th September 2013

★Iida Puppet Festa 2013(Japan)

on 6th-11th August 2013

Special issue for Asian Puppetry Yoshihiko Shibasaki worked

there as one of the tutors for creating collaboration-works

★Visiting Taiwan:

Tomoko Ohashi and Yayoi Sakumavisited Taiwan to create puppets that If Kids made request for making puppets

★The festival MTERINKA "13" (Czech)

Tamiko Onagi Participated in it on 18th~22nd June 2013

★Performance in UNIMA Chengdu, China ★Invitation stage★

[Asataro, the Onion Head]

21st UNIMA Congress & World Puppetry Festival in Chengdu

Participated; Tamiko Onagi, Hiromi Takimoto, Ayako Ichihashi, Katsuyoshi Nishimoto, Hiromasa Kurihara, Shizuki Noda, Yasushi Yoshikawa, Sayaka Inoue, Yasushi Ashibe

Period; 27th May ~ 3rd June 2012

★Performance in Taiwan

Period: 29 September-2 October 2011

[I’m not your Mama][Magical Box]

Attend: Tomoko Ohashi, Yoshihiko Shibasaki, Katsutoshi Nishimoto, Mamika Kawajiri

★Performance by Tan Zhiyuan, from China

Period: 7 March 2012 at Puk Puppet Theatre

★Performance by Mr. Bruno, from Rio de Janeiro, (Brasil)

[Marionette Machine]

Period: 11 November 2011 at Puk Puppet Theatre ★15th Golden Dolfin (Varna, Bulgaria)

Period: 1-6 October 2011

Attend: Tamiko Onagi, Lumi Takabatake

★15th Golden Dolfin (Varna, Bulgaria)

Period: 1-6 October 2011

Attend: Tamiko Onagi, Lumi Takabatake

★Research and preparation: Tamiko Onagi, for Women’s Commission of UNIMA

Period: 18-24 June Magdeburg, Germany

★Executive Committee of UNIMA in Charlesville-Mezieres

Period: 16-18 September 2011 at Villa d’aubilly

Attend: Tamiko Onagi

★Visit: Institute Ramon Llull in Barcelona, Tamiko Onagi

Express thanks for the support of Performance-tour in Japan of Fanfarra Period:23-26 September 2011

★Performance of Puppet Theatre for Children from Moscow

Period: 31 July-7 August 2011 at Puk Puppet Theatre

Russia Cultural Festival in Japan

★Performance-Tour in Japan by "Fanfarra"

[Full Hands] by Toni Rumbau & Rebecca Simpson (Barcelona, Spain)

Period: 19 July-18 August 2011 Performed in Okinawa, Osaka, Nagoya, Tokyo, Iida, Sapporo and Asahikawa

★PUK at the UNIMA Congress and World Puppetry Festival 2008

"Buying Mittens"&"NUTCRACKER"

The 20th UNIMA Congress and World Puppetry Festival were held from April 1st to April 12th 2008 in the Australian city of Perth. The event was attended by 12 people from PUK: T.Onagi, who is the vice-president and a member of the executive council of UNIMA, T.Hase (principal of PUK), Y.Shibasaki, S.Harayama, S.Nakayama, M.Kirioka, N.Ishida, T.Nakaide, Y.Ashibe, as a guest group and M.Yamagoe, K.Kadota and S.Yuri.

The quadrennial puppetry festival    Director, Tsuguo Hase

  UNIMA (Union Internationale de la Marionnette, or the International Puppetry Association) is an international association that is affiliated to UNESCO and counts among its members figures in the world of puppetry from 65 countries. Once every four years, it holds its Congress, which attracts puppet theatre figures from around the world, and its huge World Puppetry Festival.

   Congress: Tamiko Onagi, who is on the Executive Member of UNIMA as well as being Vice-president of UNIMA-JAPAN. This role was performed for many years by the late Taiji Kawajiri, PUK's director, but after his death T.Onagi has thus far constantly supported UNIMA's activities, despite being faced with many difficult circumstances. She attended the Congress for eight full days, and elected as chairperson of the Women's Comm, whose establishment she had proposed. She is trusted implicitly by all the committee members from other countries, and I was reminded just how irreplaceable she is for the international activities of Japan UNIMA and PUK.

UNIMA and PUK were both established in the year 1929, and reach their 80th anniversary together this year. UNIMA is a worldwide organization that, through the medium of puppet theatre, pursues a spirit of collaboration and living together, overcoming differences in ethnicity, race, belief, language and politics. Those of us who participated in the event chatted and shook hands with people from the puppet world who had gathered in Perth, talked about our stage performances and work, and spent a most enriching ten days. We were once again reminded that the work of PUK has gone hand-in-hand with the goals and spirit of UNIMA, which seeks world peace, and our trip to Australia filled us with a sense of confidence that the activities of PUK will continue to go on.



PUK invite Prof. Nikolina Georgieva, in order to ask lead and direction of "Carnival of Animals" for PUK's young ensemble in this autumn for the program "La Pupa Teatro 12", the puppet show for grown-up which will be held at PUK Puppet Theatre, Shinjuku, Tokyo.

★Study abroad (Bulgaria)

Student; Mari Kodama

Graduated; "NATFA" National Academy For Theatre and Film Arts (1-year course for student from abroad) on Feb. 2008

★titirijai 07

International Puppet Festival of Tolosa (Spain) & "Window to Czecho puppetry"

Period; 24th November~ 2nd December 2007

Participated; Tamiko Onagi

★The 18th Asian Monodrama Festival / Geochange(Korea)

Period; 7th ~ 9th September 2007

Participated; Yuriko Hayakawa, Lumi Takabatake, Ayako Ichihashi

Organized; Asian Monodrama Association

★The Executive Meeting of UNIMA and International Puppet Festival "materinka 07"

Period; 14th ~ 26th June 2007

Attended; Tamiko Onagi

Organized; The Naives Theatre of Liberec (Czech)


Mari Kodama is now studying the design of Puppetry in NATFFA(National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts/Sofia Bulgaria) Which Prof. Nikolina Georgieva teaching there.( from on 1st of March 2007)

★“A Tiny Pink Dragon” overseas performance 2007/Mar/7th-14th


From May 24th until June 5th 2004, “Aya and Jirokichi, the Wolf” embarked on a Balkan Tour, visiting four countries of Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia-Montenegro and Croatia, performing in local puppet theatres (except in Croatia where we participated in UNIMA Festival).

“Aya and Jirokichi, the Wolf” is a story about how Jirokichi grows to love an abandoned child, Aya, with a father’s love as he raises her. Perhaps thanks to its simple story line, house full of children were completely taken by the show and the theatres were filled with laughter and applause wherever we performed. The Opening Act incorporating Japanese traditional acts were very popular and the audiences seemed to be pleased with our effort to insert lines in local language in the show.

We must also not forget the attention and the support of the theatre staffs. In all the theatres we performed in, we were blessed with highly talented staffs who are devoted to puppetry and it is thanks to them that we managed to perform successful shows.

Our Balkan Tour culminated in Croatia where we participated in the 19th Congress and Festival of UNIMA from June 6th through 12th. There, new PUK members joined us from Tokyo to perform “Tenshu Monogatari” for adults as well as “Aya and Jirokichi, the Wolf” fro children.

“Tenshu Monogatari” is a story of tragic love between a warrior and a phantom that appears in a castle. Even though most of the lines were in Japanese, the audiences seemed to be taken by the show and greeted us with a big applause.

Audiences of wide age range came to see the two shows and there were long lines of those who wanted to see the puppets after each show.

We also would like to note the devoted assistance of the staffs of Kalvarija Cultural Center and share the success of our performance with them.

☆PUK invites PETROVA Maya !2003

Long-awaited Art of Maya Petrova: Maya’s Art Leading Nishimoto’s Direction.

Puppet Theatre PUK annualy presents a new work aimed at children. This year,

we have asked Professor Maya Petrova for the stage design of our new work.

PUK has a long history of friendship with puppeteers in Bulgaria. As the Art Workshop that Maya taught in 2001 turned out to be a great success, and as we were all struck by the magical world of the artist, we have asked Maya to return this year for another workshop.

☆Puppet Fair in SOFIA

Participated: Sachiko Irisawa

Period: 22th~28th May 2003

☆Geryong Mountain God's Ritual Festival

presented by Gongju Folk Drama Museum

Participated: Machiko Watanabe, katsuyoshi Nishimoto

Presented: "Kappore", "Nankin-Tama-Sudare"

Period: 16th~20th Apr 2003

☆Takeshi Hoshino collaborates in Creating a production of puppetry in New Zealand

Sponsorship: Capital E's National Theatre for Children, Wellington

*To provide young New Zealand's actors with the experience of working with

Japanese Director/designer experienced in the art of puppetry

Period: 20th Aug~ 21 Sep 2002

☆30th Anniversary of PUK PUPPET THEATRE


Presentation: Puppet Theatre for grown-ups

Sim Woo-Sung's Monodrama "Kyolhon-kut"

The Marriage of the souls

Period: 8th~10th August 2001


Teatro Naku presented

"mujeres-a cuatro manos-"

by Sonia Gonzales and Lilian Maa 'Dhoor

Sponsorship: Venezuela Embassy

Period: 4th & 5th April 1999

★Geryong Mountain God's Ritual Festival

presented by Gongju Folk Drama Museum

Participated: Tatsuo Satoh, Sachiko Harayama

Presented: "Kappore", "Sambaso", "Nankin-Tama-Sudare"

Period: 26th~28th Apr 2002

★Study Abroad -BULGARIA-

Katsuyoshi Nishimoto is now studying "puppetry" at NATFIS (NATIONAL ACADEMY FOR THEATRE AND FILM ARTS) "KRUSTYO SARAFOV" -Sofia; Puppetry Department

Period: Sep 2001~ Aug 2002

★8 Days Tour for Czech Republic

Visited: Divadlo DRAK (Hradec Klalove)

Naivni Divadlo (Liberec)

Play-going: "All Scamper What Feathers Has" at Drak Theatre

"Alibaba and Forty Thieves" at The Naive Theatre

Period: 10th~17th Nov 2001

Participated: Toyoko Takeuchi, Tomoaki Fukumura

★The 6th Gonju Asia Monodrama Festival

presented by Gongju Folk Drama Museum

Participated: Naoto Kohro

Presented: "Kappore" and "Sambaso"

Period: 5th~7th Oct 2001

* Puppet Stage "EMI" presented "Three Pigs"

★"CHILDREN FIRST" Singapole Theatre Festival For Children

presented by act3

Participated: Tatsuo Satoh, Tsutomu Mikami, Ei Aoki,

Ayako Ichihashi, Shoko Nakayama

Period: 6th~15th Mar 2000

Presented: "Rabbits School""Scarf Fantasy"


Period: 24th Jun ~2nd Jul 2000

Participated: Kiichi Sone, Toyoko Takeuchi, Mariko Kishimoto,

Tamiko Onagi(Council of UNIMA), Junko Arakawa, Lumi Takabatake,

Katsuyoshi Nishimoto, Shizuki Noda, Nobuko Ishida, Keimei Muta, Mieko Nakano

"Tea-time Japan"

Presented: "Vaudeville" & "Peter and Mollie"

(M.Kishimoto and K.Muta) as the seventh anniversary of Taiji Kawajiri's death


BY Prof. Todorka Rouskova and Ass. Prof. Maia Petrova

Theme: "Re: Direction and Design for Puppetry"

Listener: Directors, players, producers, designers, etc. at PUK

Period: 22th Mar ~2nd Apr 2001

*T.Rouskova give an audition to Puk's player for "Flight with Gloves" as 30th Anniversary of Puk Puppet Theatre house