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O Hanami (April)

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O Hanami (April)

In this lesson, students will learn about the customs and activities associated with O Hanami and compose haiku poems using their own thoughts about spring and nature.

Video: How to Haiku - Beyond 5 7 5

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Video: How to Haiku - Beyond 5 7 5

Paul Conneally, haiku poet, introduces the key elements of haiku in this video, illuminating some of the common pitfalls and misunderstandings of what haiku is about.

Digital Kamishibai

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Digital Kamishibai

Kamishibai originates from traditional Japanese street theatre in the form of picture card storytelling. Our digital kamishibai make Japanese stories easily accessible to all.

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.

Kamishibai Set

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Kamishibai Set

Kamishibai is a traditional storytelling technique popularised by travelling performers who visited rural communities to tell stories using picture boards slotted into a theatre-style wooden frame.