Japan has many forms of puppetry, including the bunraku.
Bunraku developed out of Shinto temple rites and gradually became a highly sophisticated form of puppetry.
They can be extremely complex or very simple in their construction.
Thailand has Hun Krabok, a rod puppet theatre which is the most popular form of puppetry.
Vietnam developed the art form of water puppetry, that is unique to that country.
The actions, gestures and spoken parts acted out by the puppets are typically used in storytelling.
There are many different varieties of puppets, and they are made of a wide range of materials, depending on their form and intended use.
Rajasthan, Orissa, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are some of the regions where this form of puppetry has flourished.