Benefit Kamishibai Performance offers Lessons in Japanese Culture and Global Citizenship for Kids

Contributed by Tara, Ziptivity.com’s Metro Boston Community Ambassador

This Saturday, you can help the people of Japan in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami – while giving your kids a lesson in global citizenship – at a Benefit Kamishibai Performance at the Calvary United Methodist Church in Arlington. Kamishibai (kah-mee-she-bye), which means “paper story,” is a traditional form of Japanese storytelling.

Shunsuke Yamaguchi, Arlington artist and teacher, will perform two traditional Japanese folk tales, The Grateful Crane and The Story of Momotaro, told in artistic panels with a modern twist. To learn more about Kamishibai, check out the Kamishibai for Kids website and try the activities in the Japanese American National Museum’s online “Bento Box” for kids.

After the performance, be sure to stop by the bake sale for some delightful Japanese and American treats.  All donations will go to the Japanese Association of Greater Boston to support Japanese people affected by the earthquake and tsunami. If you can’t make it to the storytelling performance, you can still help. The Japanese Association of Greater Boston recommends making a secure, online donation to one of these organizations: Japan Society in NY, Japan Platform or Give2Asia.

Bonus: Before heading to the church for the Kamishibai performance, find some literary treasures at bargain prices at the Friends of the Robbins Library Youth Book Sale. The very smart organizers of this event will have a crafts set up to occupy the kids while you shop!

What: Benefit Kamishibai Performance

Where: Calvary United Methodist Church, 300 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington

When: Saturday, March 26 at 1:00 p.m.

Who:  All ages

How much: $3 pp suggested donation. All donations at the door will go to the Japanese Association of Greater Boston. to help raise funds to support Japanese people affected by the earthquake and tsunami.

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