The Simple Expressions of Tsukishima and Karukaya

Japan Folk-Craft Museum

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The historic records from the Maromachi era found in the scrolls of “Tales of Tsukishima” and the illustrated book “Karukaya” (Suntory Museum Collection) have up until now been given little attention as to their significance in the history of painting. However the founder of the Japan Folk-Craft Museum, Muneyoshi Yanagi (1889-1961) was one of the single people to point out their importance in the 20th century, publishing in the journal “Kougei” vol.63 (1938), of which he was editor, a special feature on “Tsukishima”, highly praising it as a naïve depictions untainted by artifice, with an uncomplicated beauty, displaying the visual opening of the heart. While similarly the illuminated book “Karuyaka”, known for its depiction of the narrative from the song “Ishidomaru” was taken up by Japanese literature master and friend of Yanagi, Shigeru Yokoyama (1896~1980) in the 1950’s and is now recognized as the oldest illuminated book still to survive in Japan.

This exhibition centers around these two works of supreme simplicity, accompanied by a selection of narrative works which Yanagi collected himself including the Otogizoshi, Tales of Soga, and the Buddist stories of Jyuo.

Image: Tsukishima (Tales of Tsukishima Scroll) Maromachi Era 16th Century Japan Folk-Craft Museum Collection


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From 2013-06-11 To 2013-08-18



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