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Japanese traditional puppet theatre, in which nearly life-size dolls act out a chanted dramatic narrative, called joruri, to the accompaniment of a small samisen. Puppet theatre reached its height in the 18th century with the plays of Chikamatsu Monzaemon and declined later because of a lack of good joruri writers.
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