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A Case Study on the Adoption of Chinese Tangyue in Japan as Togaku: with a focus on the Kyounraku·Bato·Kanshu

Park Taequ 1 Nam Jongjin 2

1한국예술종합학교 세계민족무용연구소 상임연구원
2한국예술종합학교

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ABSTRACT

This paper discussed about the process of Chinese Tangyue’s settling into Japanese Togaku once after it was introduced to Japan as an exemplary case of cultural transformation in ancient East Asia. Around in the 8th century A.D., there was an active cultural exchange between China and Japan, and the transplantation of Chinese Tangyue into Japanese Togaku is a good example. However, a close examination proves that there was some distortion that resulted in cultural transformation in the process of introduction and acceptance between both countries. The concrete settling process of Chinese Jingyunyue, Botou, Ganzhou into Japanese Kyounraku, Bato, Kanshu respectively is as follows. First, Chinese Jingyunyue was originally a dance item accompanied by music, but was transformed as a music piece without dance called Kyounraku in Japan. Second, Botou, a dance/music piece based on an historical episode introduced from far western region from China, shows a conspicuous similarity with Japanese Bato. Third, it is difficult to trace the specific nature of Chinese Ganzhou due to the lack of historical records except the title. Meanwhile, Japanese Kanshu was transformed into a totally different form from the original.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.