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East Asian Story Time

Community Family Event - East Asian Story Time

Event Type
Community Service
CEAPS; Urbana Free Library
Urbana Free Library (210 W Green St, Urbana, IL 61801)
Jun 25, 2022   2:00 - 2:30 pm  
Kyoko Sawada
Yuchuan Shen
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Bring your children to East Asian Story Time, and enjoy a Kamishibai.  A popular form of street theater in the 1930s and post-war Japan, Kamishibai (紙芝居) or “paper play” is a set of illustrated boards or cards that tell a story.

Title: The Story of Tanabata (七夕)
“The Weaver Princess, who is responsible for weaving the fine cloth used to make the robes of the celestial deities, falls in love with the Herdsman who is responsible for looking after the celestial oxen. They marry but are so in love that they completely neglect their duties. This angers the Heavenly Ruler, so he separates them. Eventually, the Heavenly Ruler is moved by their heartbroken pleas, and gives permission for the two lovers to meet once a year, on the seventh day of the seventh month.”

Activity: Tanzaku (短冊)
One key part of Tanabata is writing a wish on a rectangular piece of paper called a Tanzaku (短冊) and then attaching the piece of paper with string to a bamboo plant. Here is a description of the tradition:

Co-sponsored by The Urbana Free Library and the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Illinois. You can attend in-person or by watching a live stream of the program on Zoom.  Register in advance to receive a link to watch the program online.

CEAPS and the Urbana Free Library worked together for a series of new monthly "East Asian Story Time" to provide family-friendly events for our local community to listen to the bilingual storytelling of a book in English and an East Asian language, including Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, etc., and raise awareness and identity for local Asian and Asian American families and communities.

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