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308 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02210
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Friday: 10am-9pm

Kamishibai Storytelling - Not So Scary Summertime Stories

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Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 12:15pm
Most Wednesdays and Saturdays at 12:15.
3-5, 6 and up, All Ages
Outside the Japanese House

In Japan, it is common to tell scary stories in the summer time.  Listen to some not so scary Japanese stories and learn about Japanese monsters!

  • August 17 - The Mountain Witch/The Kappa, The Tengu, and the Oni
  • August 24 - The Dragon’s Tears/The Magic Rice Paddle


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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