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The International Kamishibai Association of Japan (IKAJA)

Kamishibai is a part of Japan's unique cultural heritage that is moving forward into a new era. It is important now to create good kamishibai works which shall be performed by skilled performers, in order to enlarge the circle of the sharing of feelings (Kyokan) between audience, performers and among the people not only in Japan, but throughout the world. The aim of The International Kamishibai Association of Japan (IKAJA) is to foster communication throughout the world between people who are already enthusiasts, those express an interest in the subject and those who wish to perform kamishibai. It will simultaneously aim to promote the study of the subject from a cultural perspective, learning from each other and establishing kamishibai as a world-wide art.  (The words of introduction when IKAJA was founded)

What's New

Important information ...Annual fees from Overseas Members.
As we announced before on this top page, IKAJA will collect annual fees from Overseas Members due to a change of the Rules. This change will be applied from the fiscal year 2020 (Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 2020).
The new annual fees are as follows:
* Overseas Members from North America, Europe, Oceania countries and China: Individual 1000yen; Group/Organization 5000yen.
* Overseas Members of countries and regions other than the above: Individual 500yen; Group/Organization 2500yen.
Since you became a member between Nov. 16 and Dec. 31, 2019, or you have already paid for this year, we would appreciate your payment of the annual fee from 2021. This year’s fee is exempted.
We appreciate your kind understanding and your warm support for IKAJA.

IKAJA had a Europe tour in November, 2019. NEW
6 administrative members gave seminars and presentations.
This tour was supported by the Japan Foundation under the name of "Kamishibai Demonstration and Workshop in Europe" logo-icon
For more detail …Kamishibai Demonstration and Workshop in Europelink-icon

International Congress and Festival in Durango, Mexico 2019 NEW
1 administrative member gave seminars and presentations.
1st. International Congress of Kamishibai and Oral Narration(11/22-23)
Ⅶ international Festival of Kamishibai and Oral Narrators (11/24-27)
For more detail …Durango, Mexico 2019link-icon

Event summary of World Kamishibai Day (as of 13 January, 2020). NEW
22 countries and areas have organized 140 events all around the world.
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If you know or organize some other events, please let us know.
We always welcome your event report on World Kamishibai Day.
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What is World Kamishibai Day? …World Kamishibai Daylink-icon

"KAMISHIBAI Newsletter Vol.15" has been issued.
Please see Members-Only, Newsletter Pagelink-icon
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French and Spanish version "How to Perform Kamishibai" have been released.
Please see How to Perform Kamishibai Pagelink-icon
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Video message from Eiko Matsui ... included performance example
mini-booklet (approx. 10 min.) T
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
mini-booklet English, Slovenian, French, Spanish, and German version are available.
You can download this Mini-Booklet. Please see "How to Perform Kamishibai"link-icon


If you know more about the variety of kamishibai, please see "How to Perform Kamishibai"link-icon

Latest Global Activities

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

Update Information

Feb. 26. 2020: Revising the annual fees from Overseas Members
Feb. 18. 2020: Uploaded the Recommended Kamishibai on "Members-Only, Newsletter" Page
Nov. 6. 2019: Uploaded the information of Kamishibai Presentation in Mexico
Oct. 30. 2019: Uploaded the information of Europe Kamishibai Tour by IKAJA
Oct. 6. 2019: Uploaded the information of Kamishibai Seminar in Tokyo, 2019.


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

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