Kamishibai

Kamishibai stories were told in Japan after WWII as a means for survival for many men. Lengthly legends and myths were created in the form of story boards and divided into series to be told at different times.  ‘Kamishibai Men’ travelled by bicycle to many neighbourhoods and would have their sweets to sell and set up the kamishibai stage. Children from far and wide gathered to enjoy a sweet and hear a tale.  The stories often ended with a cliff hanger so that children were drawn to returning the next day or following week to hear the rest of the tale.

  1. Learn how to create your own kamishibai for use at the site or in the class room.
  2. Learn to support children in the creation of their own kamishibai.
  3. Learn about the history, format and genre of the art form to share with children.
  4. Explore creative ways to use kamishibai thematically, as a tool to explore culture, science, or other subjects.

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