Japanese storytelling Bardic 2014

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  The bell was attached because it looked cute – no historical reference.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.

みどり かえで

Midori Kaede

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