When a boy announces his wish to plant a field of trees behind his house, his family and neighbors are skeptical. After all, nothing grows in their little village except veggies and rice! Young Kenju is undeterred, but will his tenacity pay off? Find out in this timely story of persistence and compassion for the natural world, told in honor of Japan’s harvest 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.