In Heian Japan storytelling was a popular pass time, and these stories would often be accompanied by a painted scroll depicting scenes from the story. As the story was read the scroll was unfurled.
This year I decided to create little scrolls for people to look at while I read the story of Kaguyahime.
Open and closed scroll
I version of Kaguyahime I used was from Web Japan: http://web-japan.org/kidsweb/folk/kaguya/index.html.
I didn’t draw any of the pictures – copied and pasted the pictures into strips and had them printed in colour. After cutting them into strips I glued short pieces of dowel to the strips on the side that the story ended. I rolled them up and secured them with some black ribbon. The bell was attached because it looked cute – no historical reference.
A little bit about The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter (竹取物語Taketori Monogatari), also known as Princess Kaguya (かぐや姫 Kaguya Hime, 赫映姫 or 輝夜姫) It is a 10th-century Japanese folktale and considered to be one of the oldest Japanese narratives. It tells the story of a poor bamboo cutter who found a little girl while cutting bamboo. However, the little girl isn’t an ordinary little girl – there’s something special about her.