Storytellers in Japan have quite a unique trade. They go from town to town with their small theatre strapped On the back of their bicycles.

When a storyteller comes ol.l a likely looking spot he beats a wooden clapper to summon the childre.n of the neighbourhood. Then, when he gets a good-sized audience, he raises the curtain on the kamishibai, or paper play. Each act will depict the story he tells.

But shrewdly he stops at the climax of each act, and the children return the next day and the following day. Sometimes the story goes on for a month, before the children learn the ending. And naturally, on the side, the storyteller also sells candy.


The Malayan Catholic News, 1957