Commissioned long ago by the 7th
Tokugawa, a great patron of Karakuri design
during the Edo period. Used to entertain guests
with its charming grace as it carefully presents
its hosts with tea, the Karakuri has also been
used sparingly in Noh theatre, much to the shock
of the audience when they discover the true
nature of a seemingly masked actor.
-Tea for the host and his guest is presented
on a laquered tray.
-Tanned skin tubing delivers the compressed
air from the main pumps.
-Two pneumatic pumps function as the Karakuri’s
prime source of locomotive power.
-Large laquer box contains the cogs and switching
boxes that control all the air tubes that lead
to the Karakuri.
-Shinto charms are affixed to the engine box,
and are said to help instill the Karakuri with