This charming traditional Japanese folktales about a poor old couple on New Year’s Eve, is told with the aid of kamishibai¬† – 16 A3-sized paintings housed in a traditional wooden theatre frame which the storyteller reveals one-by-one during the story.¬† While the couple celebrates New Year’s Eve with very little other than their mutual affection, the new day brings them a delicious reward for the old man’s compassion for the jizos – stone statues placed in the countryside to protect and bless the fields and crops – during a bitter snowstorm.

Teachers! Some ideas for pre- and post-viewing activities, as well as related resources:  Resource hats for jizos