kamishibaiya-riding bike Kamishibai storytellers rode their bikes around the streets of Japan to tell stories where children were playing in open fields and parks. Children huddled together to listen to stories.
Kamishibai was one of the main entertainment for children during the 1930's to the 50's in Japan.
Kamishibai continues to be adored by Japanese children.
In recent years it has grown wings and gaining attraction worldwide.

kamishibai is a traditional picture-based
storytelling form originated in japan

Kamishibai combines visual, oral, and gestural modes. Its simple and unique form of presenting stories is attracting the interest of educators worldwide.
Yumi Izuyama is an educational material developer who illustrates, writes, and tells kamishibai stories in the greater Boston area.

More about Yumi

what are you interested in?


Are you interested in a kamishibai presentation in your school or library? You can have it in English, Portuguese, or Japanese.

STEAM program

Are you interested in a STEM + Arts program with kamishibai in your school or library?


Do you want to lern more about kamishibai? Or learn how you can make it with your students?


Are you interested in acquiring a kamishibai story for your school or library? Or for your child? Check out Yumi's kamishibais.

Yumi's kamishibais

The stories are a mixture of original stories and folktales from around the world with a message. They help children understand our common humanity that transcends culture and time.

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