TYPE: Kamishibai
DIMENSIONS: Each card 10 1/4 X 15 inches
COMPONENTS: Twelve cards, complete.
CONDITION: Great condition.
NOTES: Fine.
ITEM ID: 4437
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Early Occupation Era Christian Kamishibai Set

DATE
Century: 20th (1901-2000)
Notes: Made between September 2, 1945 through April 28, 1952

Kamishibai (Japanese: 紙芝居, “paper play”) is a form of Japanese street theatre and storytelling that was popular during the Depression of the 1930s and the post-war period in Japan until the advent of television during the twentieth century.

Kamishibai was told by a kamishibaiya (kamishibai narrator) who traveled to street corners with sets of illustrated boards that he or she placed in a miniature stage-like device and narrated the story by changing each image.

Kamishibai has its earliest origins in Japanese Buddhist temples where Buddhist monks from the eighth century onward used emakimono (“picture scrolls”) as pictorial aids for recounting their history of the monasteries, an early combination of picture and text to convey a story.