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Some stories about Yukata (simple kimono)_history, separate Yukata, Yukata experience

If you visit Japan, you may see people who wear Yukata especially in summer.
・Yukata history The origin of Yukata goes back to Heian period (794-1185). It is said that Yukatabira, a kind of underwear, was worn to hide their skin for bathing.

In Edo period, Yukata spread to ordinary people. It was used to hide their skin and to absorb moisture after taking a bath.

・These days’ Yukata
Nowadays, Yukata is not for everyday cloths but used as a simple kimono when we enjoy summer festival like firework displays and Bon festival.
Most people can’t wear Yukata and kimono by ourselves, so we make a reservation kimono dresser.
Recently easy-wear Yukata and separate Yukata are also sold at shop and on the internet site.

○Easy-wear Yukata
You have to adjust the length of Yukata and tie the yukata tightly around the waist by using a string, the koshi-himo. But you don’t have to tie Obi. Just put on Obi which is already tied.

○Separete Yukata
Lower part of Yukata is like a wrap-around skirt. Upper par…

Kamishibai_picture card show, picture story show

紙芝居:Kamishibai (picture-card show, picture-story show) is Japanese original culture.

Kamishibai (picture-story cards) are like a picture book divided into each page.
These are pictures on one side.
These are stories on the other side. (for story teller)
The same pictures as which audience are watching is shown in the yellow square.

Kamisibai(picture-card show) is a little similar to reading aloud picture books to kids but it also has some unique features.

・stage
Kamishibai(picture-story cards) are usually set into stage.

○ Stage color is usually sober color (for example : brown) for audience to concentrate to Kamishibai and there’s no curtains and the other decorations in same reason.

○The story is written on the other side of the card in the last.

・Pull out a card
While pulling out a card, audience can see a little bit of next picture. Naturally they can concentrate to the next picture. Storyteller think out a way of pulling out a card (slowly, speedy, stop in the way)

・Insert a card
Storyteller insert the first card to the other side of the last card.

While Insert a card, storyteller don’t read the next story. This short interval let audience have time to imagine, “What will happen next?”

The sense of short interval is important for Japanese. You can sometimes feel short interval even when you watch news on TV in Japan.

・Communication
Storyteller stand on the left side of the stage (from audience). So they face each other and can communicate.

Around 1930s-1950s, street Kamishibai was performed by a storyteller.
street Kamishibai
He or she carried candies and Kamishibai’s stage on the back of a bicycle.
After selling candies, they performed Kamishibai for children.

Nowadays, Kamishibai is performed in kindergarten by teachers or library events by volunteers.

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