Recommended Kamishibai (in Japanese)

Tamagoro the Tadpole

Tamagoro the Tadpole

Otama Tamagoro

Misako Kanayama/Ken Wakayama / 12 sheets

This visually beautiful kamishibai imparts the wish to grow by bringing viewers into sympathy with the tadpole Tamagoro. Ken Wakayama’s illustrations of nature touch the heart, opening a comfortable space of kyokan to the audience. In the midst of the quiet emotions that result, this kamishibai encourages children to look forward to their own growth.

  • ISBN978-4-494-07457-0
  • ¥1,728E
From Where Does the Sun Appear?

From Where Does the Sun Appear?

Taiyo wa doko kara deru no

Truong Van Hieu / 12 sheets

This is a kamishibai from Vietnam in which animals search for where the sun comes from. Author Truong Van Hie fought in the Vietnam War, seeking independence and freedom for his country. His life is condensed in this kamishibai, which depicts the search for truth with bold illustrations. This was the first kamishibai by a non-Japanese author to earn Honorable Mention in the Gozan Prize competition.

  • ISBN978-4-494-07558-4
  • ¥1,728E
Temu the Ladybug

Temu the Ladybug

Tentomushi no Temu

Yukihisa Tokuda / 12 sheets

Yukihisa Tokuda is a researcher as well as an illustrator, and his fondness for insects spills into the art and text of this kamishibai. This work not only fosters enjoyment in learning about insects, but also invites children to share, via kyokan, the joy of being alive as they follow Temu on his journey. The vivid illustrations of insects and visual progression that capitalizes on the sliding out of sheets evokes a world that could only come to life through kamishibai.

  • ISBN978-4-494-07596-6
  • ¥1,728E
The Hungry Round Ogres

The Hungry Round Ogres

Kuishinbo no manmaru oni

Eiko Matsui / 12 sheets

This kamishibai teaches the mathematical concept of one-to-one correspondence while also teaching the “life” concept of each person being able to find happiness. The shape of the “hungry round ogres” attracts children, making these characters a hit. The joy of kyokan helps the world of numbers to capture children’s imaginations.

  • ISBN978-4-494-07660-4
  • ¥1,728E
My Giant Water Bug

My Giant Water Bug

Boku no tagame

Hiroshi Sugiura/Mitsunori Yabe / 12 sheets

This was the first title published (in 1981) by an author who has worked on kamishibai for many years: Mitsunori Yabe. A giant water bug, one of the largest insects that lives in fresh water, opens a lively world to children. Originally conceived by Hiroshi Sugiura, this work steals audience members’ hearts thanks to Mitsunori Yabe’s passion for kamishibai and pursuit of different varieties of kamishibai expression.

  • ISBN978-4-494-07906-3
  • ¥1,728E
Go, Go, Little Dinosaur!

Go, Go, Little Dinosaur!

Ganbare kyoryu boya

Mitsuhiro Kurokawa / 16 sheets

This kamishibai exemplifies the work of Mitsuhiro Kurokawa, who has focused on extinct animals such as the dinosaurs. As a little boy dinosaur searching for his mother meets members of different dinosaur species, an entertaining, quintessentially kamishibai drama unfolds. At the same time, Mitsuhiro Kurokawa’s scientific perspective as a researcher of paleontology interests children in learning more.

  • ISBN978-4-494-08831-7
  • ¥2,376E

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