AESTHETIC REVELATIONS: YANAGI SÅŒETSUâ€™S VISITS TO SEOKGURAM GROTTO – TAASA Review March 2021
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This article was originally found in the March 2021 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 30, Issue 1, Page 12).
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Penny Bailey I n 1916, the Japanese art critic Yanagi SÅetsu (aka Yanagi Muneyoshi, 1889â€“1961) visited Korea for the first time.
On 10 August, he took the train from Abiko to Shimonoseki, where he boarded an overnight steamship to the Port of Busan, on Koreaâ€™s southeastern coastline.
After touring the local curio shops, Yanagi travelled west to explore the Jinju and Daegu regions, before heading northeast to Gyeongju, the ancient capital of Koreaâ€™s Unified Silla dynasty (668â€“935) and then northwest to Seoul (Anon in Mingei 2016:60). Postcard featuring (from left): two of the Four Heavenly Kings (in the corridor), one (of two) VajrapÄni gate guards, and two (of eight) Divine Guardians (in the antechamber)...