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Yanagi Muneyoshi and Joseon Folk Crafts

  • 日本硏究
  • 2020, (52), pp.241-260
  • DOI : 10.20404/jscau.2020.02.52.241
  • Publisher : The Center for Japanese Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Received : December 31, 2019
  • Accepted : January 29, 2020
  • Published : February 20, 2020

Lee Byung Jin 1

1세종대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

Yanagi first visited Joseon in 1916, about 100 years ago. At the time, he traveled to Joseon and China, a 27-year-old young man who was forcibly incorporated into imperial Japan. Through the absolute cooperation and teachings of Japanese assassin and Takumi, who were produced during the trip to Korea, Yanagi discovered the beauty of Joseon crafts, and at the same time continued to express respect for the Korean people who produced it. It appeals to the need for understanding. For Yanagi, I would like to consider what folk crafts of Joseon mean and what problems he left behind through his activities in Joseon.  Yanagi sees that the establishment of reality, a philosophical ground demand, can be proved through the aesthetic experience of art. He argues that nature and art are philosophical ideas. Such a strong interpenetration of Yanagi’s religious and artistry secures legitimacy to turn away from the reality scattered around him by releasing opposing concepts and praising the free world in which they unite. In the era when Japan was immersed in the imperialism of colonization, Yanagi was committed to the construction of the Shirakaba Art Museum, the Joseon National Art Museum, and the Japanese Folk Art Museum in Japan and Joseon, and through the Hall of Fine Arts presented by him. Focus on the realization of the ideal of art and religion as the Trinity. This was to restore the oriental values ​​lost in the process of modernization. Through the aesthetic experience gained from the conceptual medium of Joseon crafts, he crossed the East and the West and asserted a universal philosophy in Pian’s aesthetic world beyond the political conflict between Japan and Korea.

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