Shokichi: Japan on fingers
Updated 15:42, 09-Nov-2019
Derek Hammer

At first sight, it is difficult to imagine that all of these meticulously designed finger-sized hand puppets are actually made and controlled by the delicate hands of an elderly craftsman.
Mitsuaki Tsuyuki started the puppet theater 10 years ago. He presents performances featuring finger-sized puppets of celebrities, including Takeshi Kitano and even Elvis Presley. Based on the lives of ordinary people, the performances could be Tsuyuki's humorous take on various social issues affecting Japan, such as the issue of ageing population or drunken office workers bickering about their job.

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