The Korean roots beneath Japan's folk art movement

Art May 3, 2016

The Korean roots beneath Japan's folk art movement

by Yoko Haruhara

The folk craft movement in Japan owes a great debt to Soetsu Yanagi (1889-1961), who coined the term "mingei" ("folk crafts") in 1925. Yanagi pioneered the notion that Japan's vernacular crafts had their own intrinsic artistic worth, and should be valued, collected and curated. ...