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Welcome to The International Kamishibai Association of Japan (IKAJA)
If you'd like to know more about kamishibai, just have a look at our website!!

World Kamishibai Day
December 7, 2018 will be the first World Kamishibai Day. On this day we will wish for peace on Earth and share kamishibai together. Join people who love kamishibai by performing it throughout Japan and the world! Let us spread the joy of kyokan, the sharing of feelings to live life together.
We will plan some events for this occasion and announce them on this website. Save the date!
Poster is available.
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Kamishibai Newsletter Vol.14 was issued NEW

INTRODUCTION of Kamishibai

Kamishibai is a certain number of loose sheets of thick paper that have a drawing on the front and text on the back. A kamishibai is performed by placing the papers into the stage (Butai) in the correct order, facing the children, and sliding out the pages one by one while reading the text.
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Video message from Eiko Matsui NEW
... included performance example
mini-booklet (approx. 10 min.)
Eiko Matsui talks about the culture of kamishibai and how kamishibai creates peace.
She also explains the unique format and the key features of kamishibai, which bring kyokan (shared feelings) to the audience and the performer, with assistance of the performance by Hina Nagase.

If you would like to know more about Kamishibai, please see "What's Kamishibai"link-icon

Mini-Booklet for Let's Perform Kamishibai NEW
mini-booklet English, Slovenian, French, and Spanish version are available.
You can download this Mini-Booklet. Please see "What's Kamishibai"link-icon

Global Activities --- Kamishibai Tour in Slovenia ---

Ten steering committee members of IKAJA visited Slovenia from 9th to 14th May 2018.
It was to participate in International Symposium held at Slovenian Theatre Institute (SLOGI) in Ljubljana. IKAJA also performed kamishibai for children at local cities in Slovenia.

For more detail, please see Activities/International Symposium in Ljubljanalink-icon

10th to 13th May
International Symposium in Ljubljana, Slovenia The Art of Kamishibai :The Word of the Image and the Image of the Word
Kyoko Sakai, representative of IKAJA and Etsuko Nozaka, international supervisor of IKAJA were invited to give lectures in this symposium.

Introductory Lecture: Kamishibai – its Key Features and Appeal by Kyoko Sakai, representative of IKAJA, International Kamishibai Association of Japan (in cooperation with Hina Nagase)
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Introductory Lecture of the Section: Development of IKAJA: Kamishibai for a Peaceful Society by Etsuko Nozaka
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11th to 13th May
Kamishibai Performances
A part of group members visited local cities to perform IKAJA’s recommended kamishibai for the Slovenian children. The performances were given in Japanese with English introduction.

11th May:at Kranj
Kranj Kranj
12th May:at Štanjel
Štanjel Štanjel
13th May:at Hrastovlje
Hrastovlje Hrastovlje
13th May:at Piran
Piran Piran

For more detail, please see Activities/International Symposium in Ljubljanalink-icon

What's new

NEW! 27,Aug,2018:Kamishibai Newsletter Vol.14 was issued/"Newsletter"link-icon
NEW! 01,Aug,2018:Uploaded mini-booklet(Spanish ver):Let's Perform Kamishibai "What's Kamishibai"link-icon
NEW! 03,July,2018:Uploaded Video message from Eiko Matsui (This Page)
NEW! 09,June,2018:Uploaded mini-booklet(Slovenski, Français ver):Let's Perform Kamishibai "What's Kamishibai"link-icon
NEW! 21,May,2018:Uploaded Activities/International Symposium in Ljubljanalink-icon
NEW! 19,May,2018:Uploaded mini-booklet:Let's Perform Kamishibai/"What's Kamishibai"link-icon
NEW! 18,May,2018:Updated Information of Kamishibai Tour in Slovenia (This Page)
02,December,2017:Updated Pictures of Kamishibai Seminar in Tokyo/2017 Seminarlink-icon
10,September,2017:Kamishibai Newsletter Vol.13 was issued/"Newsletter"link-icon
20,July,2017:Uploaded animation of how to perform Kamishibai/"What's Kamishibai"link-icon
A blog post by Avery Udagawa, who assisted with the Kamishibai Workshop
at the 3rd Asia Oceania Regional IBBY Congress in Bangkok, May 2017link-icon

20,May,2017:Homepage renewal


International Kamishibai Association of Japan (IKAJA)
Terakoya, 3-32-15-1F, Inokashira, Mitaka-shi, Tokyo 181-0001 Japan

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