Here is another puppet for my toy theater ‘production’ of Nue. This is the villager who turns the travelling monk away, but suggests that a strange boatman may be able to ferry him to a nearby temple to stay the night in. Having scanned it I will cut it out and attach a chopstick to make the simplest possible puppet.
I based this guy quite a bit on a different boatman, the grumpy one in Kawamoto Kihachiro’s Dōjōji, available on YouTube at criminally poor resolution. Hopefully someday it will be uploaded in better quality. Kawamoto’s work is a big inspiration for me. Obviously this little puppet show will not be anything like as subtle and beautiful as his films, but they’re definitely something I’m keeping in mind as I work.