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Brain Diving: Can't Kamishibai Me Love

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2010 3:40 pm Reply with quote
I think there was a Kamishibai performer in one of the Sakura Wars OVAs.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2010 8:37 pm Reply with quote
Risky Safety has a really good example of kamishibai in the Momotaro episode series.

Great article. I'm off to look for this book on amazon right now. Thanks!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 5:49 am Reply with quote
Goddammit it's YOKAI not YOUKAI!!

Otherwise, a great article!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 2:39 pm Reply with quote
Ahab wrote:
Goddammit it's YOKAI not YOUKAI!!

Actually, it depends on how you want to romanize it. You're right that "yokai" is probably more common, but it's not technically correct. The thing is that the "yo" has a long vowel sound. I'd prefer to write it as "yōkai," with a macron over the "o," but that doesn't always come through on everyone's displays, so I've added a "u" to show it it's a long vowel. I could have gone with a modified Hepburn romanization and done "yookai," but I don't like how that looks.

That's probably more than you really wanted to know. And thanks!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 9:31 pm Reply with quote
In the reading I've done regarding eastern religions, the symbol for peace tends to more often be a suvastika (or sauwastika), rather than the swastika. They're pretty much identical looking, except the suvastika 'spins in' in a clockwise direction, instead of the swastika's counterclockwise inward flow. The suvastika is usually drawn square, rather than the 45 degree twist the Nazis gave the swastika.

Either rotation was used through most of the last few thousand years, but the current standard seems to be clockwise for the 'peace' usage in asian languages.

There's plenty of room for debate regarding the proper names for the two shapes, given the number of languages to translate and transliterate from, my main intent is to point out that one of the symbols can be considered as having a different meaning than its mirror image.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 1:13 am Reply with quote
I was lucky enough to see a kamishibai when I visited Japan last December. I was at Kiyomizu-dera when a man caught my attention with the wooden clappers. He started up with a quiz where the audience was supposed to guess the answer to various picture based riddles. The answers were all puns. He handed out play plastic rings and the like to the people who answered correctly. Then he told a story of Ougon Bat (The second picture in this article). It ended at a climax (the man said that stories often ended on a climax so that the children would come back the next time to hear the rest).

The man said that we would have to imagine what happened next because the next episode of the series was lost. No one really wanted the horrible candy that he sold at the end (one of the advantages of being a foreigner?) but my parents also purchased one to support the man in bringing back the tradition. (The candy was some sort of rice cracker like thing, with some sort of sauce that he used to draw faces.)

Thanks to this article I did a search and found out:
1) That there is an Ougon Bat Anime (though I like the kamishibai art better),
2) The person who performed it was likely a member of the Yassan group http://www.kamicomi.com/index.html (Probably Danmaru). Looks like they did some performances in Washington DC last year.
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