REKIHAKU 20th Anniversary Exhibition Ancient Japanese writing symbols From the Golden Stamp to Documents through the Shoso-in

REKIHAKU 20th Anniversary Exhibition Ancient Japanese writing symbols From the Golden Stamp to Documents through the Shoso-in

  • To describe the process of how Japan, which had no written language, received written characters from China and just how it was feasible for Japan to produce its system that is own of while underneath the strong influence of ancient Korea. At the beginning of the 8th century, that foreign influence planted the seed for Japanese works such as for instance Kojiki, Nihon Shoki, Man’yoshu while the „world of documents from the Shoso-in“. Documents through the Shoso-in are indispensable, basic research materials for the study of ancient Japanese history. However, they’ve been only displayed to your public on special occasions. There are few examples in the wonderful world of a huge collection of 1,200-year-old writings preserved in good condition. This is the reason we are taking on the duty of reproducing in finest detail about 800 regarding the Shoso-in documents as you of this main project in the primary collection. About 250 scrolls have now been produced. In the exhibition that is main will display a group of enlarged reproductions.
  • It is thought that in ancient Japan, written characters played a big role that is social a guitar of government so that as things that held mystical capacity to an extent which was not present in later eras. Using specific examples from the standpoint of „writing, people, and locations“, we wish to illustrate the world that is unique of characters – the ecology of written characters – of ancient Japan, which differs from China, where the characters originated.
  • This exhibition want to expand on a premise from the perspective that ancient Japanese society already contained a thorough „characterless world“ and had formed its own unique culture of written characters.

  • Due to the discovery of large numbers of archeological materials with written characters in recent years, the situation associated with ancient written culture common to both Japan and Korea has, in particular, become extremely clear. The season with this exhibition is 2002 (Heisei 14), per year that needs to be commemorated for the achievement of great progress within the relationship that is close Japan and South Korea. Fortunately, as a result of full cooperation from various Korean organizations, we have been able to borrow a few of Korea’s major ancient written materials. This is actually the first public open exhibition of ancient written materials found in Korea to be displayed in Japan. We desire to compare them to Japanese materials.
  • Writing (kanji characters) originating from China and spread throughout East Asia, where it long reigned as an international writing system. However, in Vietnam and Korea today, writing is mainly in indigenous scripts. Apart from China itself, really the only other culture using Chinese characters continuing to your day that is present Japan, which in the beginning began writing in a mixture of Chinese and native characters

    However, it cannot be said that the ongoing future of the culture of Chinese characters in Japan is secure. In considering the written culture of the century that is 21st it is important to completely reconsider what writing was in ancient society.

    Therefore, this exhibition focuses on reproductions of approximately 100 scrolls associated with the Shoso-in documents, artifacts from archeological digs such as for example letters on lacquer lid paper, wooden tablets, and earthenware with ink writings from around the nation, and in addition epigraphs and materials related to writing as a result as implements. And we will combine ancient written materials from China and Korea to recreate the field of writing in ancient Japan. By looking at writing within these ways, we hope to paint an picture that is accurate of society.

    Exhibited Items

    1. Through the period when writing came to the Japanese Archipelago

    1. Written materials from China (reproduction associated with seal that is golden ofKan no wa no na no koku ou“, reproduction of inscribed mirror from Keisho 3 from excavations during the Kanbara Jinja burial mound in Shimane Prefecture)
    2. Expressions in sound and pictures (bronze bell reproduction and other items)
    3. Characters written through the second to fourth centuries in the united states of Wa (archeological finds from Oshiro Ruins in Mie Prefecture such as „Hou“ (meaning „offering“), „Kou“ (meaning „good fortune“) along with other items)

    2. Written culture in ancient Korea

    (reproductions of an inscribed curved long sword (kanto tachi) with single dragon pattern,Josan-Sanjo wooden tablet, Gan’ouchi Pond wooden tablet, Geinichi-Reisuiri monument, and other items)

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