A paper stage. a
picture-card story show.
It used to be a very popular form of entertament for
children befor the advent of television. At the sound of
wooden clappers made by an entertainer, children would
gather at a street corner and pay a small fee for a
lolipop or the like as a treat. The showman would narrate
a story dramatically, while changing scenes one by one,
useing a set of picture cards in a wooden-frame miniature
stage, the size of a standard television screen. (*)
All these pictures are made by cutting
figures out from Japanese Paper (Washi) with a blade.
|Librairie Seizan of
KYOTO Established 1996
(*) "Dictionary of Japanese
Culture" by K.Setsuko & G.A.Crane /1991. Heian, Japan