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  • n. A traditional Japanese form of storytelling using picture scrolls, revived in the twentieth century by travelling showmen.


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Japanese 紙芝居, literally "paper drama".


  • '' kamishibai '', a form of street theater where itinerant artists displayed pictures in a light box while narrating the story to audiences in the street.

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  • Before manga took off, the kids of Japan got their sequential art kicks via kamishibai stories, miniature wooden theaters that would display art while the streetside storyteller would act out the tale.

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  • In 1957, a kamishibai based on Astro Boy was made.

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  • So I'm now at school and surfing (old Steve Martin joke from his routine, in the middle of it he sings 'I get paid for doing this') and I see that I couldn't have read the kamishibai stuff from your blog (though I have dropped by there from time to time (impressive range of info btw) and come summer vacation, I'll arrange my start up bookmarks to be a regular visitor) POLITICAL SHIBAI.

  • I posted earlier about how kamishibai has died out on the streets, but has come back to life in classrooms around the world. POLITICAL SHIBAI.

  • I recall that almost every kimi no na type drama has a kamishibai guy peddling through it and as I said, my daughter loves kamishibai and often comes home and demands that I sit while she does it frightening thought, she's on her way to being a teacher and will not be able to support her parents in their declining years POLITICAL SHIBAI.

  • Experience the long tradition of kamishibai paper theater.

  • • Longview Public Library Koth Gallery theme: Theatre, with puppetry, masks, costumes, kamishibai and mime.


  • He recalls meeting "one of the last true kamishibai narrators" in Tokyo in 1981, watching one of his performances, and his laments of how the audience has changed.


  • One kamishibai man lamented in haiku style the passing of the medium to television: '



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