Kage-e

Shadow pictures (Japanese: kage-e)

In Kage-e, men casts shadow of different objects by making amusing poses using props on shōji doors. (Shōji are sliding doors, it consists of translucent paper which is held together by lattice of bamboo.)

The shadow pictures provided an entertainment during occasions like tea ceremony. The Kage-e art prevailed in the latter part of the Edo period (1603-1868).

There is another art in Japan called te-kage-e in which a person uses their hands and props to cast shadows on the shōji doors.

Here is a collection of Kage-e art:

Title: Sokkyô kageboshi zukushi (Improvised Shadow Series)
Year: 1835
Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858)
Country: Japan

Shadowgraphy of Japanese bush warbler on a plum tree

Shadowgraphy of  Japanese bush warbler in a plum tree

Shadowgraphy of a cat on a rock

Shadowgraphy of a cat on a rock

Shadowgraphy of a crane

Shadowgraphy of a crane

Shadowgraphy of a dried salmon

Shadowgraphy of a dried salmon

Shadowgraphy of a faceted lantern

Shadowgraphy of a faceted lantern

Shadowgraphy of a garden lantern

Shadowgraphy of a Garden lantern

Shadowgraphy of a tea cup on a stand

Shadowgraphy of a tea cup on a stand

Shadowgraphy of a tea kettle

Shadowgraphy of a tea kettle

Shadowgraphy of a tea pot on a portable stove

Shadowgraphy of a tea pot on a portable stove

Shadowgraphy of a wild goose on a rock

Shadowgraphy of a wild goose on a rock

Shadowgraphy of a wine warmer

Shadowgraphy of a wine warmer

Shadowgraphy of an incoming ship

Shadowgraphy of an incoming ship

Shadowgraphy of an ornamental bridge railing

Shadowgraphy of an ornamental bridge railing

Shadowgraphy of an owl

Shadowgraphy of an owl

Shadowgraphy of hawk on a perch

Shadowgraphy of hawk on a perch

Shadowgraphy of Mount Fuji

Shadowgraphy of Mount Fuji

Shadowgraphy of mushroom

Shadowgraphy of mushroom

Shadowgraphy of pine tree with exposed roots

Shadowgraphy of pine tree with exposed roots

Shadowgraphy of pot of plum blossoms

Shadowgraphy of pot of plum blossoms

Shadowgraphy of rabbit

Shadowgraphy of rabbit

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