Kamishibai Story Theater

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Join us for a Japanese storytelling tradition called kamishibai.  (kami = paper; shibai = theatre).  A storyteller stands behind a little wooden theatre and reveals a series of illustrations as they narrate a story, doing all the characters’ voices and the many sound effects. Twenty-six (26) library locations will host kamishibai story times for all ages.

Presented by Write Out Loud between September 25 - November 20.

Click here for the schedule of Kamishibai performances across the San Diego Public Library system. 

Enjoy also nine kamishibai videos including world folktales and two original stories set during the Japanese American Incarceration. 

  • Carmel Valley Library
  • Carmel Valley Library
  • Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library
  • College-Rolando Library
  • Mission Hills-Hillcrest/Knox Library
  • Carmel Mountain Ranch Library
  • City Heights/Weingart Library
  • Kensington-Normal Heights Library
  • Point Loma/Hervey Library
  • Rancho Peñasquitos Library
  • Scripps Miramar Ranch Library
  • North University Community Library
  • Mission Valley Library
  • San Carlos Library
  • Pacific Beach/Taylor Library
  • La Jolla/Riford Library
  • Tierrasanta Library
  • Central Library
  • University Community Library
  • Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa Library
  • Allied Gardens/Benjamin Library
  • San Ysidro Library
  • Paradise Hills Library
  • North Clairemont Library
  • Rancho Bernardo Library
  • University Heights Library


Kamishibai is part of the program series The Rebellious Miss Breed: San Diego Public Library and the Japanese American Incarceration. This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a partner of the NEH. Visit calhum.org.


Need disability-related modifications or accommodations? Information and program content can be made available in alternative formats upon request by emailing JFRogers@sandiego.gov.