Saturday, May 18, 2013

Carpe Diem's Kamishibai #2

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

What a joy to publish another episode of Carpe Diem's Kamishibai, the place of story-telling and writing haibun. In the last weeks I have written a lot of haibun-like posts for our Tarot-Journey and I enjoyed it very much.

Kamishibai (紙芝居), literally "paper drama", is a form of storytelling that originated in Japanese Buddhist temples in the 12th century, where monks used emakimono (picture scrolls) to convey stories with moral lessons to a mostly illiterate audience. 
Kamishibai endured as a storytelling method for centuries, but is perhaps best known for its revival in the 1920s through the 1950s. The gaito kamishibaiya, or kamishibai storyteller, rode from village to village on a bicycle equipped with a small stage. On arrival, the storyteller used two wooden clappers, called hyoshigi, to announce his arrival. Children who bought candy from the storyteller got the best seats in front of the stage. Once an audience assembled, the storyteller told several stories using a set of illustrated boards, inserted into the stage and withdrawn one by one as the story was told. The stories were often serials and new episodes were told on each visit to the village.

For this episode of Carpe Diem's Kamishibai I have chosen a wonderful photograph to use for your inspiration to write a haibun. So I challenge you all to write a haibun inspired on the photograph.

Well ... let it happen, let your inspiration flow and write your haibun inspired on this wonderful Ancient Magic Egypthian Art-work.

1 comment:

  1. The idea of the haibun was escaping me...but all of a sudden it was like a Kodak moment..
    My first one is now more fright over them.
    Thank you,