Oberlin College and Conservatory

Kamikiri: Traditional Japanese Paper-cutting

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 4:30pm

Hallock Auditorium, Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies
122 Elm Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

Come see a Kamikiri performance! 

Event will include and welcome, and introduction and lecture on Yose Theater and Kamikiri by Kazumi Hatasa,  professor of Japanese in School of Languages and Cultures at Purdue University. There also will be a Kamikiri performance by Master Hayashiya Niraku.

Before and after the performance, a tour T-shirt will be available for purchase for $10. 

Kamikiri (紙切り) is a unique Japanese performance art where the artist receives a request from the audience and cuts an image out of a plain piece of paper without drawing an outline. 

Hayashiya Niraku (林家二楽), the two-time recipient of the Hangata Engi Taisho Gold Medal, was born in 1967 into a kamikiri family. His father, Shoraku (正楽) the second, was a famous kamikiri performer, and Niraku entered the business by being an apprentice with his father in 1989. He has been performing on stage since 1991, and is one of a handful of professional kamikiri performers. 

Niraku engages audiences with kamikiri, the art of paper cutting and comedic talks.
See a performance. and read more about Niraku (Japanese). 

Hatasa will accompany the artist and give a lecture on Kamikiri and Yose, Japanese traditional performance art. He is also director of the Japanese School at Middlebury College. He has been active in bringing rakugo and kamikiri in Japanese language instruction.

Event Type

Lectures/Symposia/Workshops, Performing Arts


Academic, East Asian Studies


Free Admission

Contact Person

Sachiko Kondo

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