Jiro - The story is told from this character's point of view.
Kinshi/Yoshida Kinshi - Yoshida's son and Jiro's best friend at the theater.
Hanji - A puppet maker who sells his puppets to Yoshida, the owner of the Hanaza theater.
Isako - A grumpy and often depressed woman who has experienced a lot of tragedy in life.
Yoshida - The owner of the Hanaza, the puppet theater to which Jiro apprentices himself.
Okada/Saburo - A blind man who works as the master chanter at the puppet theater.
Wada - The oldest of the apprentice boys and the most superior second only to Kinshi.
Minoru - He has a handsome face but is very fat.
Teiji - A nervous boy who stutters when he talks.
Mochida - The left-handed operator at the theater and is in charge of the apprentices.
Tozo - The personal assistant...
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