*First broadcast on December 29, 2020. Kamishibai, or paper theater, is a form of storytelling that uses large picture cards. It was wildly popular throughout Japan in the 1930s. Today, it's still enjoyed in kindergartens and libraries. This time, our theme is Kamishibai. Our main guest, Sakai Kyoko, talks about how Kamishibai titles are created, and how they should be performed. And in Plus One, we meet American poet Arthur Binard, whose own Kamishibai communicates the horror of the atomic bomb.
Sakai Kyoko performs a Kamishibai story
Performances often take place at kindergartens or libraries
Arthur Binard uses details of well-known paintings as the art for his own Kamishibai story