A no ji no mahotsukai
Yoshie Idemura, Akiko Nakane / 12 sheets
One category in which kamishibai titles are few is that of “learning.” Imparting joy in characters and words, themselves full of human wisdom and rich images, is something kyokan can do for children . . . With that in mind, respected educator and kamishibai performer Yoshie Idemura created this work. It promises to help children enjoy the expressive potential that dwells in words.
Eiko Matsui / 8 sheets
As this kamishibai introduces the concept of doing arithmetic with units of five, it also shows children how amazing it is when individuals join forces to work for a better future. The unique use of color and simplification make wall artist Eiko Matsui’s illustrations very beautiful. At the end, when the audience calls out “transform,” five squares combine into a rectangle. The use of audience participation deepens everyone’s enjoyment of this story.