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During the Edo period when Japan was closed to the outside world, a group of Japanese sailors accidently took a trip around the world after being blown off course by a terrible storm. The ship they travelled in was called the Wakamiya-maru. The survivors visited Falmouth in 1803 on their journey back to Japan. If you would like to read more about their incredible journey in English, please see the third link on this webpage.
As the Wakamiya-maru departed from Ishinomaki, (Miyagi prefecture in the North East of Japan) the Children of the Ishinomaki Children’s newspaper have decided to make a kamishibai story about these historical adventures. The children plan to give a kamishibai performance at many of the locations around the world visited by the Wakamiya-maru’s crew, and London will be the second destination after a few similar events in Russia.
This event is in two parts. Any speaker of Japanese is welcome to join us for the performance on Sunday morning. However there is also a Japanese language workshop on Wednesday for upper-intermediate learners of Japanese; more details available at http://www.jpf.org.uk/whatson.php#859
You will have the chance to watch a kamishibai performance of their story via skype. After the performance you will also observe the interactions of the children of Ishinomaki and participants in our Japanese Plus course. Lastly, after the children have logged off, we will finish with a discussion about the event in Japanese.