Shadowgraphy (Japanese: kage-e)

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

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

There is another art in Japan called tekage-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 from the book…

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

Shadowgraphy of warbler in a plum tree.
Shadowgraphy of warbler in a plum tree.
Shadowgraphy of an incoming ship.
Shadowgraphy of an incoming ship.
Shadowgraphy of a bridge railing.
Shadowgraphy of a bridge railing.
Shadowgraphy of a dried salmon.
Shadowgraphy of a dried salmon.
Shadowgraphy of a cat on a rock.
Shadowgraphy of a cat on a rock.
Shadowgraphy of a faceted lantern.
Shadowgraphy of a faceted lantern.
Shadowgraphy of a crane.
Shadowgraphy of a crane.
Shadowgraphy of Mount Fuji.
Shadowgraphy of Mount Fuji.
Shadowgraphy of falcon on a perch.
Shadowgraphy of falcon on a perch.
Shadowgraphy of an owl.
Shadowgraphy of an owl.
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.
Shadowgraphy of a tea cup on a stand.
Shadowgraphy of a tea cup on a stand.
Shadowgraphy of a stone lantern.
Shadowgraphy of a stone lantern.
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 wine warmer.
Shadowgraphy of a wine warmer.
Shadowgraphy of a wild goose.
Shadowgraphy of a wild goose.

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