Kamishibai Story Plates. Japan World War II.
Kamishibai Story Plates
Kamishibai Story Plates

Kamishibai Story Plates

Tokyo: Np, ca 1941 (Showa 16). Stiff Boards. Folio, 39 x 27 cm. A complete set of 20 offset color plates. Popular culture of the day prior to television a form of Japanese street theater and storytelling that was popular during the Depression of the 1930s and the postwar period in Japan, whereby Kamishibai performers on the street corners of Japan used these illustrations displayed within a miniature stage to narrate their presentation. Kamishibai has its earliest origins in Japanese Buddhist temples where Buddhist monks from the eighth century onward used emakimono ("picture scrolls") as pictorial aids for recounting their history of the monasteries. This story was designed to impart a sense of nationalism and morality to children, a subtle propaganda tool. This story of an athletic boy who enjoyed sports and baseball but must subjugate his own desires when his father falls ill forcing him work until his father regains his health. Family and country come first as the story shifts to patriotism and World II. On the verso of each plate there is text to explain the pictorial action , with the last plate carrying explication of the cover, and the cover verso of the first plate and so on. Images on card stock with graphics very well preserved. Two small repairs with archival tape to inside cover of portfolio. Orig. lettered brown card portfolio. Very good. Item #21664

Price: $1,500.00

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