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Boston, MA 02210
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Friday: 10am-9pm

Kamishibai Storytelling: The Barrel Maker’s Visit to the Clouds

Please note: all programs and events will not be held during the Museum’s closure. Print Page
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 12:15pm
Most Wednesdays and Saturdays at 12:15.
3-5, 6 and up, All Ages
outside the Japanese House

Gather around for Kamishibai storytelling! When the Thunder God asks for help to make a rain storm, an ordinary barrel-maker is overjoyed…until he finds himself in over his head! Can his friends in the village lend a helping hand? Find out “weather” or not they succeed in this comical tale of cooperation and helping others, shared in honor of Japan’s rainy season.


Kamishibai is a traditional method of storytelling in Japan using a set of story picture cards in a small wooden stage. In olden days before the era of televisions, Kamishibai was very popular entertainment for children, and storytellers, also candy sellers, came on bicycles to perform on the streets. Although these street performers are no longer to be found, Kamishibai is still a popular and appreciated form of storytelling and oral tradition in Japan today.

Liz reading kamishibai

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