PUPPET THEATRE PUK (LA PUPA KLUBO in Esperanto) was founded by the late Toji Kawajiri, the elder brother of PUK’s Artistic Director the late Taiji Kawajiri(1914-1994), in 1929, the same year as UNIMA foundation. PUK being an artistic group based on free-expression and anti-war ideals, its activities were mercilessly oppressed and perspected by the authorities of those days. PUK had to change its name several times and lost many of its members before and during the World War II.
PUPPET THEATRE PUK started, right after the War, its free artistic activities and then grew up to be a big group of more than eighty members and owing its Theatre House is actually the meeting place of puppeteers.
PUPPET THEATRE PUK has three main sections – Puppet Troupe Section, Theatre House Section, and TV Section. These sections are, sometimes independently, sometimes collaborating with each other, organizing various activities.
Several troups, being and small, are permanently touring all over Japan. PUK goes abroad too. PUK already met people of Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Czech, Slovakia, Germany, Poland, Australia, Canada, the USA, Mexico, and so on.
PUPPET THEATRE PUK started its creative activities with marionette technique. However, PUK soon enlarged its technical range adapting hand puppet, rod puppet, shadow puppet, Japanese traditional puppets and many others so as to puesue a wider possibility of theatrical expression. As Japan has a long and various traditional and folk puppetry trends, PUK is very proud of making use of those cultural treasures in modern creation.