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REKIHAKU anniversary that is 20th Ancient Japanese writing symbols From the Golden Stamp to Documents from the Shoso-in
To spell out the entire process of how Japan, which had no written language, received written characters from China and just how it absolutely was possible 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 example Kojiki, Nihon Shoki, Man’yoshu and the “world of documents from the Shoso-in”. Documents through the Shoso-in are indispensable, preliminary research materials for the analysis of ancient Japanese history. However, these are typically only displayed towards the public on special occasions. You will find few examples in the wide world of a collection that is huge of writings preserved in good shape. This is why we have been taking on the duty of reproducing in finest detail about 800 regarding the Shoso-in documents as one for the main project in the main collection. About 250 scrolls have been produced. When you look at the exhibition that is main will display a team of enlarged reproductions.
It is thought that in ancient Japan, written characters played a big social role as a guitar of government so when items that held mystical capacity to an extent that was not noticed in later eras. Using specific examples through 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.