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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 ...IKAJA's welcome pack changes from June 2019.
We used to send a copy each of How to Perform Kamishibai Q&A and the Kamishibai Newsletter Vol.10 as a welcome pack. But now that the remaining copies are out of stock, we shall send the Kamishibai Newsletter Vol.10 in digital format only, as a welcome gift.
In addition, due to financial reasons, we are planning to collect membership fees annually from the next fiscal year. The rate of the membership fee differs depending on the country where you reside. More information will be given to you later this year.

French and Spanish version "How to Perform Kamishibai" NEW
French and Spanish version "How to Perform Kamishibai" have been released.
Please see How to Perform Kamishibai Pagelink-icon
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The Report of Kamishibai Seminar in Tokyo
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Information and leaflet of World Kamishibai Day...World Kamishibai Daylink-icon
On this day we wish for peace on Earth as we share kamishibai together. Join people who love kamishibai by performing it throughout Japan and the world! Let us spread the joy of kyokan, the sharing of feelings to live life together.

Event summary of World Kamishibai Day
There were 42 events at 19 countries and areas at December 7, 2018. your town reportlink-icon until Jan. 17, 2019

If you know another event information, please let us know.
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Kamishibai Newsletter Vol.14 was issued
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Video message from Eiko Matsui ... included performance example
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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

Sep. 16. 2019: Uploaded Spanish version "How to Perform Kamishibai".
Aug. 30. 2019: Uploaded French version "How to Perform Kamishibai".
June 20, 2019: IKAJA's welcome pack changes from June 2019. NEW!
June 18, 2019: Changing menu from "Newsletter" to "Member-Only,Newsletter"link-icon. you can download the back numbers (Vol.11‐Vol.14) on this page. NEW!
Mar 30, 2019: Updated the information of Kamishibai Seminar in Tokyo, 2019.
Jan 23, 2019: Uploaded the report of Kamishibai Seminar in Tokyo, 2018 link-icon
Jan 01, 2019: Moved website URL due to ending of previous server-service. IMPORTANT
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May 20, 2017: Homepage renewal


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

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