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Kamishibai: Kaguya Hime - The Moon Princess

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Kamishibai: Kaguya Hime - The Moon Princess

A legend from ancient Japan about a baby girl found in a bamboo stalk grows up to become a beautiful young woman.

Kamishibai: Hanasaka Jiisan

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Kamishibai: Hanasaka Jiisan

An old couple come into good fortune when they find a puppy, but their mean-spirited neighbours are unbearably jealous.

Kamishibai: Momotaro – Peach Boy

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Kamishibai: Momotaro – Peach Boy

Momotaro is the story of a boy found in a peach. He goes on an adventure to defeat the monsters terrorising his village, making friends along the way.

Kamishibai: Tsuru no Ongaeshi – The Grateful Crane

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Kamishibai: Tsuru no Ongaeshi – The Grateful Crane

This is a story from Japanese folklore. A man rescues a crane and receives a mysterious visitor later that day. This is a short kamishibai, perfect for when you need a quick story.

Kamishibai Videos

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Kamishibai Videos

Kamishibai is a traditional form of Japanese street theatre in the form of picture card storytelling. Unlike children’s storybooks, the text for Kamishibai is written on the reverse of cards so that the story can be easily read while pictures are shown to the students.

Ready Steady NihonGO!

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Ready Steady NihonGO!

Ready Steady NihonGO! is an interactive primary language project. Working together, the Japan Society and the Japan Foundation London Language Centre (JFLLC) have produced a unique scheme of work for teaching Japanese at KS2 level.

Hina-matsuri - The Dolls Festival (March)

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Hina-matsuri - The Dolls Festival (March)

Hina-matsuri is a festival to celebrate the health and happiness of girls and is celebrated every March. It is common to see public displays of ornamental dolls dressed in Heian-era fashions.

New Year’s Celebrations (January)

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New Year’s Celebrations (January)

New Year is the most important holiday in the Japanese calendar and celebrations are very different to those in the UK. This lesson will introduce your students to the New Year celebrations in Japan and the associated foods, decorations, and customs.

Children’s Day (May)

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Children’s Day (May)

The Children’s Festival is celebrated on May 5th. On this day, families pray for the health and happiness of their children. It is called kodomo no hi in Japanese.

Setsubun - Marking the Arrival of Spring (February)

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Setsubun - Marking the Arrival of Spring (February)

The Setsubun festival marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring and is celebrated annually in Japan on 3 February. This lesson gives students the chance to learn how children in Japan celebrate the arrival of spring.