Edo fan No.18 "KUMADORI

22.5cm White bamboo

Kumatori is a method of creating perspective by using colors and shades of colors.

It is said that Ichikawa Danjuro I started kumadori in kabuki. It is said that he got the idea for kumadori from joruri puppets.

Kabuki began in the Edo period (1603-1867), but in those days playhouses were dimly lit without electric lighting, making it difficult to see the actors' expressions.

The colors of kumadori also have meanings: red for justice, blue for evil, brown for demons, and there are about a hundred different shapes.

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