Okada can be considered the master puppeteer in two ways. The first is as an actual puppeteer, and the second is as a social bandit who deceives everyone.
First, as the senior artist of the puppet company, he led the company for many years. Since retiring from performance, he has taught other puppeteers, including Yoshida, the current master. As he is the spiritual force behind the company, his dedication inspires the others to perfect their art.
Second, Okada successfully disguises himself so that no one will suspect that he is Saburo. Evading detection, he slips through society and organizes a band to help him with his goals. They steal from the wealthy for the benefit of the poor. Because others think him blind, he is not a suspect. The irony is that it is society, especially the laws, that is blind in failing to recognize his mastery of disguise and deceit.