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KAWASAKI Daiji / NISHI Masayoshi. Kozaru no Ongaeshi (1940 kamishibai)

KAWASAKI Daiji / NISHI Masayoshi. Kozaru no Ongaeshi (The Debt of the Little Monkey). Tokyo: Nihon Kyouiku Kamishibai Kyoukai, Showa 15 (1940). With movable pieces. 1st ed. — AVAILABLE: see STOCKLIST for pricing

Description — Folio (38 x 27 cm), 23 ff. (complete), 4 mobile pieces, full-page color illustrations on obverse, text (in Japanese) on reverse, in a paper portfolio (the portfolio is more recent; it bears Kawasaki Daiji's wet stamp with name and address).

État / Condition — Good (heavy wear to the first and last plates, fine for the rest; some old mending; in the last plate, one fragile piece of paper (the fan) was replaced with an hand-drawn piece).

Remarques & avis / Review — A gorgeous and very rare kamishibai (paper theater) by Daiji KAWASAKI, wonderfully illustrated by Masayoshi NISHI. It tells the story of an old man who saves a monkey, that helps the old man in return when he falls ill. One particularity of this kamishibai is that it entails four movable pieces that allow the story to progress further in a single illustration (a door opens, a character leaves, enters or moves about the picture).

Divers / Misc. — KAWASAKI Daiji (pseudonym of IKEDA Masakazu, 1902-1980) was a famous children's books author who took an active part in the Kamishibai Renewal, notably through the Nihon Kyouiku Kamishibai Kyoukai (Association of Educative Kamishibai of Japan) founded in 1938.

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