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Shikki

Shikki: The Delicate Japanese Lacquerware

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Written by Irene Sue
Shikki (lacquerware) is a Japanese craft of painting paper, basketry, leather, and wooden items with “urushi.” It is one of Japan's most iconic traditional handicrafts. For centuries, it has been used as tableware, containers, decorations, and even fashion items.
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Japanese Arts (II): Rakugo

Japanese Arts (II): Rakugo

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Written by Irene Sue
Rakugo is a traditional Japanese art. It's a verbal entertainment performed by one person. The performer will tell a story only through words and actions. Most of the stories are witty and comic, however, there are also some sentimental or horrific stories. Nowadays, the stories still remain popular in Japanese.
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