5 unique features of our Kamishibai PRO Theater (BIG A3).
The backside is open.
Why is this so important?
First of all, because it makes it much easier and simpler to read the text corresponding to the image that the audience is seeing.
Second, you always know exactly what image is being seen on the other side because you have a thumbnail of it at the top of the text.
And finally, this makes it much smoother to slide the story cards and put them back in the theater. If you practice it, you can get to do it in less than 2 seconds!
The story cards can be slid to the left or to the right of the theater.
The transition of the story cards is a crucial moment in a Kamishibai storytelling and can have enormous meaning. Depending on the contents of the next story card, you can decide which way to slide it and how, or even show only half or part of the next story card.
If you had to "fish" the cards from above, or if the theater forced you to take them out in only one direction, none of this would be possible.
Its three doors allow the magic to happen.
By sliding the cards to the left or to the right, your hand will be hidden by the side doors of the theater. It'll look like the story cards are moving on their own as if by magic!
The top door also has a very special round shape that allows you to hide behind the theater without being seen, if you wish.
The one-piece handle makes it easy and safe to carry.
The butai (japanese for 'stage') was originally conceived with the idea of being taken from one place to another. To take stories to every corner of the world (well, actually to all corners of Japan). That's why the gaito kamishibaia placed it on the back of their bicycles. And that's why our Kamishibai PRO Theater (BIG A3) has a handle made of a single piece of wood.
This way it becomes the briefcase of your dreams, which you can take with you anywhere.
Its braided door latch enhances the opening ceremony.
The magic of the Kamishibai begins the very moment you open its doors. That's why it's so important how you open them.
Our theater has a Japanese-style braided latch that closes the doors securely, but at the same time allows you to open them magically.