The Colors of Japan: Background, Characteristics and Creation

The Colors of Japan Background Characteristics and Creation The Colors of Japan is a visually stunning look into the unique use of color in Japanese culture from prehistoric times to the present day That the Japanese should possess their own sense of color is

  • Title: The Colors of Japan: Background, Characteristics and Creation
  • Author: Sadao Hibi
  • ISBN: 9784770025364
  • Page: 265
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Colors of Japan is a visually stunning look into the unique use of color in Japanese culture from prehistoric times to the present day That the Japanese should possess their own sense of color is not surprising, for like almost every other aspect of human life, color perception varies from culture to culture.The first and most fundamental reason for this variation canThe Colors of Japan is a visually stunning look into the unique use of color in Japanese culture from prehistoric times to the present day That the Japanese should possess their own sense of color is not surprising, for like almost every other aspect of human life, color perception varies from culture to culture.The first and most fundamental reason for this variation can be attributed to geography People living in arid lands will obviously perceive green in a different way from people surrounded by lush forests, as is the case in Japan Geography will also dictate the materials that can be used to create the pigments and dyes to color objects.Once geography has set the stage, other factors come into play, such as the direction in which a particular culture evolves For instance, certain colors may be restricted to certain classes, as happened in the classical period of Japanese history.A third factor is external cultural influence, in which the color perceptions of one culture are adopted by another as part of the ebb and flow of history In the case of Japan, the first sources of such influence were Korea and China.The Colors of Japan presents a crystalline overview of these three factors by means of discerning writing and stunning photographs The text covers the four basic colors, the relationship of Japanese color perception to natural phenomena, the development of hierarchies of colors, the aesthetic of mixed colors, and the particular culture of color developed by townspeople in the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries.The photographs range over a variety of objects, from the refined to the plebeian There are lacquerware, various kimonos, combs, surcoats, picture scrolls, ceramics, sword mountings, shrine gates, paintings, woodblock prints, tea houses, a castle, paper stencils, fans, sculpture, umbrellas, screens, and human figures Each is not only an illustration of a particular color as used in Japanese culture, but also a beautiful object in its own right Nature, an all important player in the nurturing of color perception, is not forgotten The book includes lovely photographs of autumn foliage, a horseradish field, a pebbly stream in a temple garden, a tea house pathway, rows of tea bushes, and, last but not least, a tiny green frog.As an approach to a different way of viewing color, as an introduction to the arts and crafts of Japan, or as a satisfying reading experience, The Colors of Japan is a book that anyone who possesses a aesthetic outlook on life will not want to miss.The book includes full color photos of the following Torii gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine, negoro trays, negoro sake keg, lacquered wood combs, textile designs and motifs, jimbaori surcoat worn over armor , furisode kimono, Nachi Fire Festival, autumn foliage at Muroji Temple, Ban Dainagon picture scrolls, various forms of Imari ware, sword mountings, suit of armor, noren curtains, katabira kimono, paintings, Kyoto hills, various forms of Nabeshima ware, aizuri and other ukiyo e, haniwa funeral sculpture, Jomon vase, tea scoop and case, Joan Tea House, fireman s hanten, paper stencils, carving on gate of Toshogu Shrine, horseradish field, pebble stream at Shinnyo in Temple, Fushin an Tea House, ukiyo e by Katsukawa Shunsho, ukiyo e by Utagawa Kunisada using berorin, Iga vase, sanda tiered celadon boxes, Oribe mukozuke side dishes , a green frog aogaeru , Japanese zelkova bonsai, pair of six fold screens, green tea plantations, tea in a black bowl, fans, Jizo statue at Meigetsu in Temple, ikat kimono, uchikake kimono, Konkomyo Saisho o Sutra, choken Noh costume, silk wrapping cloth, murasaki e ukiyo e by Chobunsai Eishi, sacred rope at Oyamazumi Shrine, annual rites at Hibara Shrine, snake eye janome umbrella, dance fans, Kabuki actor Bando Tamasaburo, screen Pine Trees by Hasegawa Tohaku, Mino tea bowl, Raku tea bowl Ayame , Himeji Castle, fifth century gold seal, sobatsugi Noh robe with shokko motif, kariginu kimono, tachi sword mounting, gilded wood statue of Buddha Amida, Edo cosmetic set with tomoe crest, rakuchu rakugai screen by Kano Eitoku, pair of two fold screens Summer and Autumn Grasses by Sakai Hoitsu, dry lacquer flower vase, and ceramic box with gold and silver on black ground.

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