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Bernard Leach's Scenes of Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, and Shanghai 1934-1935

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Leach, Bernard potter  Search this
Physical description:
archival original film reels (1,200 feet) silent b&w 16mm
Motion pictures (visual works)
Collection descriptions
Hong Kong
Shanghai (China)
Footage, shot during Leach's travels in the Far East, includes filming in Mashiko village, Japan which documents the work of potter Shoji Hamada and ceramic painter Masu Minagawa, both central figures in Japan's Folk Craft Movement. Pottery footage includes: general overview of the Hamada compound including laborers, clay settling tanks, and kiln; Hamada at his <te-rokuro> (stick-turned wheel); throwing several large jars by the punch-out, coil, and throw methods; firing of the <nobori-gama> (multi-chambered climbing kiln); kiln in various stages of unloading; and Minagawa painting teapots. Other Japanese crafts documented include weaving, stencil dyeing, papermaking, and use of the treadle lathe to make <kokeshi> dolls. Scenes of Japanese life include: <koi nobori> (carp penants) indicating the celebration of Boy's Day, May 5th; demonstration of <ninjutsu> techniques; one-man puppet performances known as <kuruma ningyo> (cart-doll) accompanied by <joruri> chanters; winter travel scenes; and drummers at a village festival. Also included are various scenes in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Korea including a visit to the ancient Korean capital of Kyongju, a temple market, and the image of Buddha at Sokkuram Temple. The film MASHIKO VILLAGE POTTERY by Marty Gross was produced using this footage.
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
Language and culture  Search this
Pottery  Search this
Pottery--Japanese  Search this
Ceramics  Search this
Ceramics--Japanese  Search this
Firing (Ceramics)  Search this
Weaving  Search this
Dollmaking  Search this
Dyes and dyeing  Search this
Papermaking  Search this
Puppets  Search this
Drumming  Search this
Marketplaces  Search this
Temples  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1986.6.2
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Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives