Kamishibai, creative learning and thinking

How do you make creativity a more everyday part of primary teaching?

Creative teaching approach – Kamishibai, paper theater, visual storytelling is a form of street-performance art that was first invented in Japan. A set of picture cards is used to provide visual stimulus while the story is being read from the back of kamishibai ‘theatre’ box.

Kamishibai in school


Book in the Slovenian language:  Kamishibaj at school and at home

Perhaps the biggest growth in interest in Kamishibai is happening outside Japan. Artists and kamishibai practitioners have actively been transporting kamishibai to countries throughout Europe to encourage local artists to create their own stories.  Kamishibai is a great pedagogical tool, and soon they were bringing it into kindergartens, schools, faculties, and libraries. By looking at the history of kamishibai, we are reminded that the kamishibai format does not have to be limited to one definition, performance style, or audience but rather should be seen as a truly versatile format that is limited only by the imagination.

Book titled Kamisibai at school and home, representing Japanese theater technique kamisibaj.The paper theater encourages children to read, write, draw and stage perform. An innovative approach to learning promotes creative thinking and expression of children.

Kamishibai festivals, events in Slovenia..


Kamishibai is a Japanese word that refers to a traditional form of picture storytelling. It is a wooden theater with sliding frames that contain illustrations and text to tell the story.

Kamishibai can be an interesting and effective way of creative learning and thinking for children and adults. With the help of kamishibai, you can stimulate imagination, creativity and communication skills. In addition, kamishibai is also a learning and teaching tool, as you can use it to present various topics and content in an interesting and engaging way.

When using kamishibai, it is important to focus on the interaction between the narrator and the audience. The narrator can use questions to encourage the audience to think about the topics covered in the story. In this way, critical thinking and understanding of different aspects of the story can be effectively encouraged.


In Slovenia, kamishibai is increasingly gaining ground in kindergartens, schools, libraries and other institutions where they are involved in teaching and culture. There are also workshops and seminars where you can learn the technique of kamishibai storytelling and how to use this technique for learning and teaching.