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)
...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.
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"
For more detail …Kamishibai Demonstration and Workshop in Europe
International Congress and Festival in Durango, Mexico 2019
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 2019
Event summary of World Kamishibai Day (as of 13 January, 2020).
22 countries and areas have organized 140 events all around the world.
…Information, ...Event Summary
If you know or organize some other events, please let us know.
We always welcome your event report on World Kamishibai Day.
… What is World Kamishibai Day? …World Kamishibai Day
Video message from Eiko Matsui ... included performance example
(approx. 10 min.)
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"
Mini-Booklet for Let's Perform Kamishibai
English, Slovenian, French, Spanish, and German version are available.
You can download this Mini-Booklet. Please see "How to Perform Kamishibai"
If you know more about the variety of kamishibai, please see "How to Perform Kamishibai"
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 Ljubljana
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.