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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:


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

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