The ICBA is a volunteer organization which provides Japanese language books and other materials like kamishibai for independent children's library reading groups (called bunko) in various countries across the world. The UK branch has been running since the mid 1970's and maintains many bunko groups in locations across the country.
|Some of my books on display|
|beginning of event (photo: Masami Atkinson)|
|"kono kimochi desu...."|
We talked about illustration, my books and my career in Japan and elsewhere, I hope everyone could follow my meandering Japanese, I was worried I'd be a little rusty! After the event attendees enjoyed delicious home-made snacks brought in by participants.
|At the end I was presented with some beautiful books by Yoko Morishima|