Yassan Ichiza’s traditional but freshMM Kamishibai
*To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, this event will be canceled for the time being.
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- One performance lasts about 30 minutes.
- We have sometime between performances, you can watch an apprentice Kamishibai artist test his or her skills.
- As there may be changes or cancellations, please confirm the performance time beforehand.
>>You can find out about the schedule here
Program of Kamishibai Performances
- Golden Bat
- Four Panel Kamishibai
- Kamishibai Without Words
- MM Original Kamishibai
Profiles of the Members of “Yassan Ichiza”, our Kamishibai Group
- Danmaru He grew up watching Yassan perform Kamishibai. Danmaru draws pictures with a free heart, and has a special dream. That dream is to build a log house or tree house in the mountains and construct a "Country of Dreams" for children. That's how he chose this path, the path of a Kamishibai artist. Alright, it's time for a Kamishibai performance by Danmaru! C'mon!
- Rakkyomu In 2004, while active as a Kamishibai artist, he entered an agricultural training program in Mie Prefecture. In the fields and paddies there, he came to understand the formless yet tangible power of "life." He wanted to convey that through words, and realized that Kamishibai could enable him to do that. In 2005, he met Yassan and became his apprentice. He debuted in early January of 2006. From then on, Rakkyomu, along with Chaka Maru, has been in charge of commissioned performances from Kawanishi City in Hyogo Prefecture and Wakayama City in Wakayama Prefecture. Since May 2007, while performing periodically at our museum, he has been doing farmwork. He wants to perform Kamishibai that focus on agriculture.
- Chaka Maru AKA Yasuno Yumi Chaka Maru grew up watching Yassan perform Kamishibai, and she performed Kamishibai herself for the first time when she was in high school. In college, she received an award for her thesis on "street-corner Kamishibai." She is also a licensed kindergarten teacher. Her specialty is performances for children focusing on nutrition and eating right. Her nickname "Chaka Maru" comes from the fact that she doesn't stop talking once she starts (it is based on the longer Japanese nickname "Chakapoko Musume"). She is also in charge of commissioned performances from Boards of Education in surrounding areas, such as Kawanishi City in Hyogo Prefecture, Nose in Osaka, and Wakayama City in Wakayama Prefecture.
- IKKYU A girl who was sitting in front of a bicycle as an audience at this museum is now standing by a bicycle as a Kamishibai performer of the museum from the summer of 2016. She believes that Kamishibai can make people smile and connect people as a language that can be understood by anyone. She became a Kamishibai performer in the Yassan Ichiza’s spirit of “making the world peaceful through Kamishibai.” Japanese language is mostly spoken, and English and Japanese sign languages can be heard and seen as well during her performance. She pursues her dream to connect the smiles of people and to build a bridge of the world through Kamishibai!
>>Performance schedule is here