WEEK 3: Researching Oh Haji’s Korea and Japan

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The significance of shadows

Traditional Japanese architecture offers ―the magic of shadows…that formed…a quality of mystery and depth superior to any wall painting or ornament. Miyao’s book contends that this ―aesthetics of shadows (kage no bigaku) had a profound influence on many different Japanese filmmakers and artists in several different periods.

Shadow play is an ancient form of storytelling and entertainment which uses flat articulated shapes to create new figures through placing an object in between a source of light and a screen or surface.

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Traditional and Heritage crafts 

The weaving of silk from silkworm cocoons has been known in China since about 3 500 BCE. Silk that was intricately woven and dyed, showing a well developed craft, has been found in a Chinese tomb dating back to 2 700 BCE. Sericulture and silk weaving spread to Korea by 200 BCE, to Khotan by 50 CE, and to Japan by about 300 CE.

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Historical context of numbers

Koreans like the…

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