Kamishibai or "paper play"?is a form of Japanese street theatre and?storytelling?that was popular during the Depression of the 1930s and the post-war period in Japan until the advent of television. Kamishibai was told by a?kamishibaiya?(kamishibai narrator) who travelled to street corners with sets of illustrated boards that he or she placed in a miniature stage-like device secure on a bicycle and narrated the story by changing each image. Kamishibaiya would also sell candies before his story so that children could eat it while listening to the story.?
Kamishibai has its earliest origins in?Japanese?Buddhist temples?where Buddhist monks from the eighth century onward used?emakimono?("picture scrolls") as pictorial aids for recounting their history of the monasteries, an early combination of picture and text to convey a story. Many believe that Kamishibai is the foundation for Japanese Anime. Given Anime’s significant popularity in the U.S., we hope to bring awareness to how Japanese culture is integrated into modern life and inspire appreciation for traditional storytelling from all foreign cultures.
Come witness the magic of authentic yet unique Kamishibai story-telling by Ta-chan. His endlessly positive energy and dynamic performance was adored by Seattle audience in 2017 and he is coming back with some new stories. The performance will last approximately one hour with live translation and is appropriate for all ages.
Date and Time
Saturday Oct 1, 2022 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM PDT
October 1st, 2022 from 7pm-8:30pm
Youth Theatre Northwest in the Parish Hall Theatre
4400 86th Ave SE
Mercer Island, Wa, 98040