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WHAT IS KAMISHIBAI ?

Why is Kamishibai so fascinating?
It is very important to know about the key feature. First, we take a look at the special "format" peculiar to Kamishibai.

The Special "Format"
The format and movements of Kamishibai cherished for so long include the following:

1.Kamishibai is not bound :
It consists of a certain number of separate sheets of thick paper with a drawing on the front.
For this reason two movements are important in the process of performing Kamishibai: "sliding the sheet out" and "sliding it back in".

2.Because the text is written on the back of the drawings, Kamishibai "always needs a performer". The performer "faces the audience" to convey the content of the work.

3.To make each separate sheet stand out and to facilitate the performer's reading of the text on the back, a stage (or mini-theater, called butai in Japanese) has been used.
The stage has three-part doors on the front.

The above "format" leads to the "key feature" of Kamishibai. If you'd like to know more about it, please read our "Kamishibai Newsletter vol.1" which we'll forward to you on receiving the completed "the Membership Application Form".

If you want to place an order of kamishibai translated in Englsih and French, the following link is useful:
http://www.doshinsha.co.jp/kamishibai/translations/form.php

Recommended Kamishibai

Here we introduce a selection of IKAJA-recommended kanishibai. Perhaps you will discover a new favorite among then!
NB:The word "kyokan" refers to people confirming the meaning of life together through sharing the same feeling about something. Creating "kyokan" is the most important and fundamental aspect of kamishibai.

The titles of recommended kamishibai are listed below.
Please see the following PDF for your further reference.

With detail explanation
(Accessible to IKAJA's International Members with password)

Complete(Self-Contained) Story Type

A. Folktales

天人のはごろも

Tennin no hagoromo
(The celestial Robe)

Text by Horio Seishi
Illustrations by Toshi Maruki
12 sheets Doshinsha

たべられたやまんば

Taberareta yamanba
(How the Witch was Eaten Up)

Text by Miyoko Matsutani
Illustrations by Eigoro Futamata
16 sheets Doshinsha

にじになったきつね

Niji ni natta kitsune
(The Fox Who Became a Rainbow)

Text by Yuriko Kawada
Illustrations by Katsuji Fujita
12 sheets Doshinsha

おとうさん

Oto-san
(Father)

Text by Jun’ichi Yoda
Illustrations by Seiichi Tabata
12 sheets Doshinsha

あひるのおうさま

Ahiru no o-sama
(Duck the King)

Text by Seishi Horio
Illustrations by Seizo Tashima
12 sheets Doshinsha

いもころがし

Imo korogashi
(Tumbling Taros)

Text by Daiji Kawasaki
Illustrations by Kazuo Maekawa
12 sheets Doshinsha

おとうふさん

Otofu-san to soramame-san
(Tofu and Broad Bean)

Text by Miyoko Matsutani
Illustrations by Hideko Nagano
8 sheets Doshinsha

へっこきよめ

Hekkoki yome-sama
(The Farting Young Wife)

Text by Shozo Mizutani
Illustrations by Katsuji Fujita
12 sheets Doshinsha

B. Fiction

おねぼうな

Onebo na jagaimo-san
(Sleepyhead Mr. Potato)

Original work by Kazuko Murayama
Text, illustrations by Tomoyoshi Murayama
12 sheets Doshinsha

ふーちゃん

Fu-chan no sori
(The Sleigh of Fu-chan)

Text by Toshiko Kanzawa
Illustrations by Shunsaku Umeda
12 sheets Doshinsha

やさしいおともだち

Yasashii otomodachi
(Kind Friends)

Original work by Yukio Takeda
Text and illustrations by Keiko Sena
12 sheets Doshinsha

ひよこちゃん

Hiyoko-chan
(Baby Chick)

Original work by Kornei Chukovskii
Text by Jun’ichi Kobayashi
Illustrations by Eigoro Futamata
12 sheets Doshinsha

てんからおだんご

Ten kara odango
(Dumplings from Heaven)

Text by Gozan Takahashi
Illustrations by Yuko Kanazawa
12 sheets Doshinsha

ロボット ちびぞう

Robotto Kamii: Chibizo no maki
(Kamii the Robot: Kamii and the Toy Elephant)

Text by Taruhi Furuta
Illustrations by Seiichi Tabata
12 sheets Doshinsha

せかいいち

Sekai ichi oki na ke-ki
(The Biggest Cake in the World)

Text by Taruhi Furuta
Illustrations by Seiichi Tabata
12 sheets Doshinsha

ねこのおかあさん

Neko no oka-san
(The Mother Cat)

Text and illustrations by Kyoko Watanabe
12 sheets Doshinsha

こねこの

Koneko no Shiro-chan
(Shiro-chan, the Little White Kitten)

Text by Seishi Horio
Illustrations by Shizuko Wakayama
12 sheets Doshinsha

おかあさんまだ

Oka-san mada kana
(Is Mother Back Yet?)

Text and illustrations by Iwao Fukuda
12 sheets Doshinsha

C. Science, Learning

てんとうむしのテム

Tentomushi no Temu
(Temu the Ladybug)

Text and illustrations by Yukihisa Tokuda
12 sheets Doshinsha

おたまたまごろう

Otama Tamagoro
(Tamagoro the Tadpole)

Text by Misako Kanayama
Illustrations by Ken Wakayama
12 sheets Doshinsha

くいしんぼう

Kuishinbo no manmaru oni
(The Hungry Round Ogres)

Text and illustrations by Eiko Matsui
12 sheets Doshinsha

たいようは

Taiyo wa doko kara deru no
(From Where Does the Sun Appear?)

Text and illustrations by Truong Van Hieu
12 sheets Doshinsha/Japan-Vietnam Kamishibai Exchange Association

がんばれ

Ganbare kyoryu boya
(Go, Go, Little Dinosaur!)

Text and illustrations by Mitsuhiro Kurokawa
12 sheets Doshinsha

ぼくのたがめ

Boku no tagame
(My Giant Water Bug)

Conceived by Hiroshi Sugiura
Text and illustrations by Mitsunori Yabe
12 sheets Doshinsha

D. Daily Life, Events

おうさまさぶ

O-sama Sabu-chan
(Sabu-chan the King)

Text and illustrations by Noboru Baba
12 sheets Doshinsha

でんしゃ

Densha ga kuru yo
(The Train is Coming!)

Text and illustrations by Kazuhiko Toyota
8 sheets Doshinsha

E. Peace, Environment

にどと

Nido to
(Never Again)

Text and illustrations by Eiko Matsui
Photographs by Torahiko Ogawa et al.
12 sheets Doshinsha

のばら

Nobara
(Wild Roses)

Original work by Mimei Ogawa
Text by Seishi Horio
Illustrations by Makoto Sakurai
12 sheets Doshinsha

へいわのちかい

Heiwa no chikai
(The Oath of Peace)

From Genbaku no ko (Children of Hiroshima), compiled by Arata Osada
Text by Keiko Inaniwa
Illustrations by TChuryo Sato
12 sheets Doshinsha

ぞうげのくし

Zoge no kushi
(The Ivory Comb)

Text and illustrations by Bui Duc Lien
12 sheets Doshinsha/Japan-Vietnam Kamishibai Exchange Association

Audience-Participant Type
*** Kyokan

おおきく

O-kiku o-kiku o-kiku na-are
(Grow Grow Grow Bigger!)

Text and illustrations by Noriko Matsui
8 sheets Doshinsha

みんなで

Minna de pon
(Everybody Clap!)

Text and illustrations by Noriko Matsui
8 sheets Doshinsha

よいしょ

Yoisho yoisho
(Heave-Ho, Heave-Ho)

Text and illustrations by Noriko Matsui
16 sheets Doshinsha

A. Folktales
Recommended audience-participation kamishibai in this category have not yet been published.

B. Fiction

ひーらいた

Hi-raita, hi-raita
(A Song for Pippo)

Text and illustrations by Noriko Matsui
12 sheets Doshinsha

ごきげん

Gokigen no warui kokku-san
(Mr. Cook in a Sulky Mood)

Text and illustrations by Noriko Matsui
12 sheets Doshinsha

C. Science

へんしん

Henshi-i-n
(Transformation!)

Text and illustrations by Eiko Matsui
8 sheets Doshinsha

あのじ

A no ji no mahotsukai
(The Amazing あ [“Ah”] Witch)

Text by Yoshie Idemura
Illustrations by Akiko Nakane
12 sheets Doshinsha

D. Daily Life, Events

おやつ

Oyatsu no jikan da yo
(It’s Snack Time!)

Text and illustrations by Noriko Matsui
12 sheets Doshinsha

E. Peace, EnVironment

かりゆし

Kariyushi no umi
(The Ocean of Kariyushi)

Text and illustrations by Noriko Matsui
Photographs by Kensuke Yokoi
8 sheets Doshinsha

*** indicates a special category of kamishibai that generate especially strong kyokan, even compared with other kamishibai of the audience-participation type.
Provisional titles are used where no official English title exists. Romanizations of Japanese words indicate short and long vowels in identical fashion.

IKAJA

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

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