Tag Archive: kamishibai

May 31

Celebrating Asian Heritage Month in Victoria

May 7, 2015.  A perfectly fine, sunny day for students from Margaret Jenkins Ecole Primary School to walk from their school to the Oak Bay library where we all gathered in a cozy, private room for a “kamishibai” presentation of my English/Japanese bilingual book, Fly Catcher Boy. After introductions and some personal backstory, we launched …

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Jun 02

The wait is over…

Fly Catcher Boy for the iPAD* now available Fly Catcher Boy, first published by Gumboot Books, Vancouver 2009) has been re-worked and re-launched as a dual-language English story with Japanese words throughout, an interactive version brought to life by Simon Hayama’s narration, and Hailey Sabourin’s manga-style illustrations. The read-it-to-me page by page audio option with sound …

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May 06

Kamishibai 4 Kids…under the cherry blossom trees in Vancouver

The “Kamishibai 4 Kids” duo (that would be me and husband Tak) were pretty busy during April performing for the Sakura Days Japan Festival at Van Dusen Gardens; Ohanami at UBC Nitobe Gardens; Read Local at the White Rock Library; and Random Acts of Culture, supporting BC Arts Festival.  The cherry blossoms survived the chill, rain …

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Jan 15

Welcome 2011!!!

A new year with lots of events in the works.  Early on, I took a leap and filmed my first youtube—an introduction to “kamishibai”, Japan’s old-style storytelling.  After numerous takes, here it is; go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKp5ApvOY7s to learn more about this unique way to tell a story, especially one with a Japanese theme. My Happy …

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Oct 10

10/10/10…

10/10/10.   A bonus fall day here on the BC coast—sunshine!  Yesterday it rained sideways… 2010’s October is quite unusual: 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, and 5 Sundays!  A combination found every 800+years!  So, what else for the 3-10s? Good fortune?  Great writing?  Inspiration beyond belief?  Yes, yes, yes to all of the above.   I’m out the …

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Aug 23

The ancient art of storytelling in Japan…

  Kamishibai (kah-mee-she-bye) originated in Japan but are part of a long,  Asian picture storytelling tradition beginning as early as the 9th century when priests used illustrated scrolls combined with narration to convey Buddhist doctrine to lay audiences.

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Aug 23

Moving week….

  I sit surrounded in a sea of boxes. Moving. That dreaded word. You all know what that entails, I’m sure. I can hardly find my toes but somehow I’m finding time for my blog this week. It’s a diversion. It’s postponing the inevitable waiting drawer, filing cabinet, and that not-to-be-forgotten “junque drawer”. Guilty. This …

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