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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

COVID-19: Announcement from IKAJA

In order to prevent the spread of new coronavirus infectious diseases, the lecture activities of the International Kamishibai Association of Japan are currently suspended.
We will announce the schedule for this year on this website etc. after the Japanese government has released the emergency declaration. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. Now is the time to save lives that can be saved through great Kyokan. We pray for the safety of everyone in each country. Stay Home, Save Life!


Let's enjoy kamishibai at home, at times like this!
Face your children, partners, parents, grandchildren and even your cute pets, and enjoy the communication. When you perform kamishibai at home, the most important thing is to make much of your feelings to share the joy of kamishibai with your dearest ones.
You don't need theatrical gestures, exaggerated voices or special skills. It is also good to see kamishibai performed by your children or grandchildren, changing the usual roles.

If you would like to know about our recommended kamishibai,
please refer to Recommended Kamishibai link-icon and How to Perform Booklet link-icon

We will continue to make this announcement including the new photos of "KAMISHIBAI AT HOME! Campaign", sometimes with introductions to the covers and the stories of our recommended titles.
(All rights reserved: reproduction or appropriation of photographs from this page is prohibited.)

Please see KAMISHIBAI AT HOME! link-icon Page.

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

For more detail …Kamishibai Demonstration and Workshop in Europelink-icon

International Congress and Festival in Durango, Mexico 2019

For more detail …Durango, Mexico 2019link-icon

Event summary of World Kamishibai Day (as of 13 January, 2020)

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
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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

Update Information

Added the "KAMISHIBAI AT HOME!" Page
COVID-19: Announcement from IKAJA
Added the function of “Site Search" and “Site Map"
Revised the annual fees from Overseas Members
Uploaded the Recommended Kamishibai on "Members-Only, Newsletter" Page
Uploaded the information of Kamishibai Presentation in Mexico
Uploaded the information of Europe Kamishibai Tour by IKAJA
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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