Past Activities Overseas


Past Activities Overseas to International Members

We have sent delegations to the following country and regions in order to organize kamishibai seminars and workshops as global activities, and we have sometimes participated in international conferences:
Belgium, China, France, Germany, Indonesia, India, Italy, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand.

And we hold some event with International Members as "World Kamishibai Day" link-icon

If you would like to hold such seminars in your own country and regions, please feel free to make contact with us:

... Past Activities in Japanlink-icon


The 37th IBBY congress organized by IBBY Russialink-icon
Organizer: IBBY Russia
Date:09:00–10:45 11th September 2021
Children’s literature in various formats: books, multimedia, internet etc
“Kamishibai : an alternative format of children’s literature -In the case of Seizo Tashima” Online Presentation by Etsuko Nozaka
...Abstract Kamishibai : an alternative format of children’s literature T

Date: 24th-28th August 2021
Officiated by The Honourable Dato' Dr Noor Zari bin Hamat, Secretary General of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia.
Organizer&Venue: National Library Malaysia
Main theme: Awesome Stories
On 27th August :Eighteen storytelling sessions (6 in Malay and 12 in English), 5 storytelling workshops, 4 corporate storytelling workshops.
“Awesome Stories of Kamishibai”:short video including the performance of Father and Robot Kamii Online Presentation by Etsuko Nozaka.

Organizer: MBBY
Date: 16th-17th April 2021
Place: Kuala Lumpur Library (Onsite/Online)
Main Theme: Stories for Survival:
On 16th April
“Kamishibai: We Are All Here Together” Online Presentation by Ms. Etsuko Nozaka (International Project Supervisor, IKAJA)
...Program MBBY International Conference on Children and Books T
...Abstract Kamishibai: We Are All Here Together T

Date: 23rd -24th, Jan.
Place: Doshinsha - TK Park in Thailand (Online Seminar)
Ms. Etsuko Nozaka (International Project Supervisor, IKAJA) and Ms. Ritsuko Nagamuta (Editor, Doshinsha) held online kamishibai seminars for TK Park in Thailand.
On 23rd, Jan. “Performing Kamishibai” by Ms. Etsuko Nozaka
The Art of Kamishibai : Performing Kamishibai link-icon
On 24th, Jan. “Creating Kamishibai” by Ms. Ritsuko Nagamuta
The Art of Kamishibai : Creating Kamishibai link-icon


Date: 18th, Dec.
We made a video in which Ms. Eiko Matsui performed “The Hungry Round Ogres” and talked about kamishibai in response to the request from The Japan Foundation Sao Paulo Japan Cultural Center in Brazil. It has subtitles in Portuguese. The International Kamishibai Association of Japan cooperated to enjoyably share the kamishibai culture with the people in Brazil.

Date: 19:30-20:30 on 3rd, 17th, and 24th, Dec. (Japan Time)
Place: Doshinsha – China (Online)
Title: What is Kamishibai? Three Serial Courses for Kamishibai Beginners
1. The Difference between Kamishibai and Picture Books
2. Key Featuers of Kamishibai
3. How to Peform Kamishibai and History of Kamishibai

Date: 28 Dec. 13:00-14:00 (Japan Time)
Organizer: 張翼
Etsuko Nozaka gives a seminar, focusing on her own work The Kind Monster Wapper.

Ms. Eiko Matsui sent a video message to the international festival “the 20th Anniversary of ‘Dejame que te cuente’ (Let me tell you a story)” held in Peru via online. In 2019, she was invited to Peru to deliver a special lecture on kamishibai at this international festival, and the audience appreciated her thoughts about kamishibai and peace. “Dear friends in Latin America and all over the world let’s share the joy of kamishibai together!”


One 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, Mexicolink-icon

IKAJA had a Europe tour in November, 2019.
6 administrative members gave seminars and presentations.
...For more detail... Kamishibai Demonstration and Workshoplink-icon

Date: 26th - 28th September
Place: Xi'an Gaoxin No.1 Primary School
On 26th Ms. Etsuko Nozaka performanced kamishibai "Grow Grow Bigger", and gave a lecture before 240 attendees.
On 27th she gave a lecture and performanced at Reading Promoter's Conference.
...For more detail... Xi'an Gaoxin No.1 Primary School(Chinese)link-icon

Yoriko Nakahira visited Korea to give kamishibai seminars.

Date: 5th - 6th April
Place: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Etsuko Nozaka held a kamishibai seminar and a workshop.
...Organizer Website(Slovenski)link-icon

Yoriko Nakahira visited India to give kamishibai seminars.


Date: 9th November
Place: Mexicocity, Mexico
FILIJ(Feria Internacional del Libro Infantil y Juvenil)
Eiko Matsui held a kamishibai seminar and performed kamishibai
Program: ...Organizer Website(Spanish)link-icon
Profile of Eiko Matsui: ...Organizer Website(Spanish)link-icon
Event report from ...Organizer Facebook at 10th Nov. 2018link-icon
mizuta mizuta mizuta Live video: ...Organizer Facebooklink-icon

Date: 10th - 12th May 2018, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Place: Slovenian Theatre Institute, Mestni trg 17, Ljubljana Slovenia
The Art of Kamishibai
The Word of the Image and the Image of the Word
...For more detail International Symposium 2018link-icon
...Report Newsletter Vol.14 T(excerpt)
...Program Organizer Website(English)link-icon


Date: 22nd June 2017
Place: La Maison de la Culture du Japon in Paris
Kyoko Sakai held a kamishibai seminar cooperate with Yuiko Tsuno at La Maison de la Culture du Japon.
...Program Organizer Website(French)link-icon
...Article newsreelinthereal(French)link-icon

Date: 13th - 14th May 2017
Place: the University of Malaya, Malaysia
Etsuko Nozaka held a kamishibai seminar.
...Report... Kamishibai Newsletter Vol.13 T

The 3rd Asia Oceania Regional IBBY Congress "9-12 May 2017, Bangkok, Thailand"
Date: 11th May 2017
Place: Bangkok, Thailand
...Report... Kamishibai Newsletter Vol.13 T
...Article... Avery Fischer Udagawalink-icon
(From SCBWI Japan Translation Group)
...Article... Organizer Websitelink-icon
(Etsuko Nozaka and Avery performed kamishibai at Workshop. There are some pictures.)
...Facebook... Organizer Facebooklink-icon
(Please see the post at 11th May 2017)
...Article... Sara Khamkoed's Websitelink-icon
(Etsuko Nozaka and Avery performed kamishibai)


Date: 20th October 2016
Place: The Bensheim City Library in a suburb of Frankfurt, Germany.
Etsuko Nozaka held a kamishibai seminar.

...Report... Kamishibai Newsletter Vol.13 T, Time Schedule T

Date: 27th May 2016
Kyoko Sakai gave a lecture at AFCC (The Asian Festival of Children’s Content) 2016.
Title:「Crossing Borders: Kamishibai Culture and Its Universal Appeal」
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...Report... Kamishibai Newsletter Vol.13 (extract)T
...Full text is ... "Members-Only, Newsletter" pagelink-icon
...Profile of Kyoko Sakai... Organizer Websitelink-icon
...program... Organizer Websitelink-icon
...Article of SCBWI Japan... SCBWI JAPAN Websitelink-icon

Date: April 2016
A team of thirteen people—including eight administrative members of IKAJA held kamishibai seminars in Shanghai and Beijing, China.
mizuta mizuta
...Report... Kamishibai Newsletter Vol.13 (extract) T


2nd Asia and Oceania Regional IBBY Congress
Date: 11th-15th May 2015
Kyoko Sakai and five administrative members ( Toshiko Ito, Kazuko Tanaka, Saeko Uehara, Hina Nagase and Etsuko Nozaka) participated in this Congress.
IKAJA gave a lecture as "Kamishibai: Stories for living together" and held a kamishibai workshop.
...program... Organizer Websitelink-icon
(Please see DAY4 and DAY5)
...program... Organizer Websitelink-icon
(There are Program of Workshop.)

Date: 16th May 2015
Place: the University of Malaya, Malaysia
After the IBBY Congress, six administrative members held a kamishibai seminar.
mizuta mizuta
...Report... Kamishibai Newsletter Vol.13 (extract) T

Date: 27th May 2015
Place: Japanisches Kultur - und Sprachzentrum e.V.
mizuta Photograph © Stefanie Kösling
...Document... …Sprachbildung_in_der_Kita_-_alltagsintegriert_und_interkulturell (German)link-icon
(Please see Page 100)


Date: 19th October 2014
Place: Japans Cultureel Centrum
Speaker: Etsuko Nozaka, Karin Wanrooij

Date: 20th - 22nd September 2014


Date: 20th - 21st November 2013
Place: the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur mizuta
...Report... … IBBY Asia-Oceania Newsletter Feb. 2014link-icon
(Please see Page 38 to 39)

Data: 27th - 29th May 2013
Etsuko Nozaka gave a lecture of kamishibai.
...Program... …CONFERENCES & WORKSHOPS programlink-icon
Stories and Illustration – The Kamishibai Way by Etsuko Nozaka

Data: 23rd - 26th May 2013
Etsuko Nozaka gave a lecture as “Kamishibai - How it Differs from Picture Books”.
...Website... …IBBY Congress in Balilink-icon

Date: 25th - 28th March 2013


Date: 4th - 5th November 2012
...Report... … IBBY Asia-Oceania Newsletter Feb. 2013link-icon
(Please see Page 23)

Date: 4th April 2012
Place: Studio 13/16 - Centre Pompidou, Paris
IKAJA performed kamishibai and gave a workshop as one of the event of "PLANETE MANGA!"
...Information... … Website of "Planète Manga!" link-icon

Date: 2nd - 3rd April 2012
Place: UNESCO, Paris
IKAJA coorganized the first European Kamishibai Meeting at UNESCO, Paris in cooperation with La Petite Bibliotheque Ronde in France. In addition to the seminar and the presentation of kamishibai by Japanese members on the first day, IKAJA's International members from France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland made siginificant reports on their activities on the second day.
T ...Programme T
...Report... Kamishibai Newsletter Vol.8 (extract) T
...Report... La Petite Bibliothèque Ronde(French)link-icon

Date: February 2012
Organized by AWIC/IBBY India


Date: January 2011
Eiko Matsui and Shigeo Kusakabe held a kamishibai seminar.

Date: MAy 2011
Kyoko Sakai, Jyunko Nakahira, and Hina Nagase held a kamishibai seminar.
International Seminar ProgramT


Date: April 2007
...Information... Organizor Websitelink-icon


Date: 20th - 24th September 2006
Etsuko Nozaka and Hina Nagase held a kamishibai seminar and performed kamishibai.
...Information... IBBY Congresses 2006 in Macau link-icon
...Program... IBBY Congresses 2006 in Macau link-icon

Date: 6th August 2006
Place: Fürth, Germany
Eiko Matsui performed kamishibai "Never Again" at The Peace Memorial Ceremony.

Date: 3rd - 5th April 2006
Place: Bagneux, France
Three administrative members and Seiichi Tabata, writer of picture book and kamishibai, held a kamishibai seminar.

Date: 6th - 7th April 2006
Place: Pamplona, Spain

Date: 11th February 2006
Place: Tokyo Women's Plaza, Shibuya, Tokyo
Kyoko Sakai and Etsuko Nozaka held a kamishibai seminar as "The Magic of Kamishibai".
...Report... SCBWI Japan Newsletter Archives link-icon
(Please see Newsletter Spring 2006 Page 11.)


Date: 19th - 21th September 2005
The Asian Conference on Storytelling in 2005 in New Delhi
Kyoko Sakai and Etsuko Nozaka gave a lecture and performed kamishibai.
Program... Asian Conference on Storytelling T


Date: 17th - 18th June 2004
Place: Internationale Jugendbibliothek München, Germany
Participants of IKAJA: Kyoko Sakai, Etsuko Nozaka

Date: 6th June 2004
Place: Lausanne, Switzerland
Participants of IKAJA: Kyoko Sakai, Etsuko Nozaka


Organizer: IKAJA/Laissez-les-lire Association Date: 7th - 9th October 2002
Place: La médiathèque Louis Aragon Bagneux, France
Theme: Autour du Kamishibai
Participants of IKAJA: Kyoko Sakai, Shigeko Kusakabe, Hideko Kawabata, Takero Kato, Yaeko Chikama, Kazuko Tanaka, Eiko Matsui, Etsuko Nozaka


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

icon (IKAJA) in Japanese
T (World Kamishibai Day)

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