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Art of kamishibai helps children get ready for next tsunami

  • Chatrine Debora

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, August 13, 2019   /  11:42 am
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Boys walk in front of a landmark dedicated to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, which devastated Aceh province 14 years ago.(AFP/Chaideer Mahyuddin)

Children and their parents looked excited and entertained as they listened to Yoko Takafuji at the National Gallery in Central Jakarta. The audience listened attentively as the Japanese woman related a story using the traditional Japanese storytelling art of Kamishibai during the Indonesian Children’s Visual Art Festival on Thursday. “Kami” means paper and “shibai” means play or theater, so Kamishibai uses pictures on paper to accompany the words of the storyteller, like Wayang Beber in Indonesia. Kamishibai uses a set of pictures inserted into a wooden frame and taken out one by one as the story goes on. During the play, Yoko was accompanied by Indonesian storyteller Agus Nur Amal, also known as PM Toh. They combined Kamishibai with the traditional Acehnese rapai instrument. They told a Japanese story titled “Smong” or tsunami, wh...