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Kugutsu 

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Kugutsu

The Puppeteers

These were a [wanderer-like] people who wandered about Japan making a living by singing and dancing, operating puppets, and performing feats of magic.

Ceaseless wanderers from of old, the puppeteers,

Over all the earth searching ever a new home.

They pitch their tents and sing in the night to the mountain moon; 

Restless they seek new paths; I see their smoke in the spring fields.

Youth in the bright capital, their women pampered favorites;

The years of age alone, watching over a hut of thatch.

The traveler passing far off casts suspicious eyes

At the white hair, the vacant, wrinkled face. 

Fujiwara no Tadamichi (1097-1164) 
translated by Burton Watson

Anthology of Japanese Literature ​

compiled and edited by Donald Kenne 

History

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