Kami-shibai is a form of Japanese street theater and storytelling with a set of illustrated cardboard pieces. “Kami” means paper and “shibai” means play, in Japanese. Naninuno-ya’s kamishibai is all made of fabric. It can be called nuno-shibai, or “fabric play”.
Naninuno-ya started nuno-shibai in order to produce an exciting story time and space, similar to what kamishibai used to offer. It involves a range of audience members, from young children and their parents to even strangers passing by in the park or in the local festival. Nuno-shibai is portable so that it can be performed anywhere.
You will find nuno-shibai is not a quiet storytelling with flat fabric screens, but a dynamic one using the fabric in various ways. You can also feel the texture of the fabric. Please enjoy the nuno-shibai with your eyes, ears and hands!