Thursday, August 15

Japanese Kamishibai Storybox Theater in the Conservatory Amphitheater

Walter Ritter | 6 p.m. start

Pricing: $3 for Member adults; $5 plus general admission for non-member adults; youth 17 and under are free!  


Originally invented on the streets of Tokyo, Japan, Kamishibai Storybox Theater has been entertaining children and adults since it was first performed in 1929. It is now performed around the world. As the narrator tells the story, pictures are revealed in sequence inside a very small wooden box that acts as the story’s stage. It’s just that simple yet it is compelling, frequently riveting, and always a joyful experience. Don’t miss this summer’s all ages presentation by the talented Walter Ritter as he shares stories such as “The Bamboo Princess,” “ The One-Inch Boy,” “Momotaro,” “The Little Chick” and many more.  

Walter Ritter is an actor and singer with credits throughout San Diego County stages. He co-founded with Veronica Murphy Write Out Loud, the non-profit theater company that has been reading literature aloud to live audiences throughout San Diego since 2007. Walter first encountered kamishibai online while searching for a better way to tell picture stories to children.  It was love at first sight. Since 2010, he has performed at least 3000 kamishibai stories in libraries, classrooms, and other venues. Now he is delighted to present kamishibai here at San Diego Botanic Garden! In his spare time, which is not plentiful, he gardens. This performance takes place in the Conservatory Amphitheater and includes limited folded chair seating on a first-come, first-served basis.