REKIHAKU anniversary that is 20th Ancient Japanese writing symbols From the Golden Stamp to Documents from the Shoso-inTo explain the process of how Japan, which had no written language, received written characters from China and just how it was feasible for Japan to build up its system that is own of while under the strong influence of ancient Korea. At the start of the 8th century customwritings, that foreign influence planted the seed for Japanese works such as Kojiki, Nihon Shoki, Man'yoshu additionally the "world of documents from the Shoso-in". Documents from the Shoso-in are indispensable, basic research materials for the research of ancient history that is japanese. However, they have been only displayed towards the public on special occasions. You can find few examples in the world of a huge assortment of 1,200-year-old writings preserved in good shape. This is why we are dealing with the task of reproducing in detail that is finest about 800 of the Shoso-in documents as you associated with main project in the primary collection. About 250 scrolls have already been produced. Within the main exhibition we will display a team of enlarged reproductions.It is believed that in ancient Japan, written characters played a big role that is social a guitar of government and as items that held mystical power to an extent that was not noticed in later eras. Using specific examples from the standpoint of "writing, people, and locations", you want to illustrate the unique world of written characters - the ecology of written characters - of ancient Japan, which differs from China, where in actuality the characters originated.
This exhibition want to expand on a premise from the perspective that ancient Japanese society already contained an extensive "characterless world" along with formed a unique unique culture of written characters.Due to the discovery of large numbers of archeological materials with written characters in the last few years, the problem of this ancient culture that is written to both Japan and Korea has, in particular, become extremely clear. The year with this exhibition is 2002 (Heisei 14), per year that should be commemorated for the achievement of great progress when you look at the close relationship between Japan and South Korea. Fortunately, thanks to cooperation that is full various Korean organizations, we have been able to borrow some of Korea's major ancient written materials. This is basically 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. Except for China itself, the only other culture using Chinese characters continuing to your day that is present Japan, which in early stages 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 21st century, it's important to fully reconsider what writing was at ancient society.
Therefore, this exhibition centers around reproductions of about 100 scrolls of the Shoso-in documents, artifacts from archeological digs such as letters on lacquer lid paper, wooden tablets, and earthenware with ink writings from around the country, and also epigraphs and materials linked to writing as such as implements. And we will combine ancient written materials from China and Korea to recreate the world of writing in ancient Japan. By looking at writing in these ways, we aspire to paint an accurate image of ancient society.
1. Through the period when writing stumbled on the Japanese Archipelago
- Written materials from China (reproduction of this seal that is golden ofKan no wa no na no koku ou", reproduction of inscribed mirror from Keisho 3 from excavations at the Kanbara Jinja burial mound in Shimane Prefecture)
- Expressions in sound and pictures (bronze bell reproduction as well as other items)
- Characters written through the second to fourth centuries in the nation of Wa (archeological finds from Oshiro Ruins in Mie Prefecture such as for example "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, as well as other items)