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About Wood Engraving of Edo

It is said that the history of moku-chokoku began in the Asuka period (sixth century). When Buddihism was introduced to Japan, Moku-chokoku is the skillof Buddhist image carving.
In the Muromachi Period(1336-1573), Zen Buddhism which doesn't need Buddhist image became widespread among the people.Along with it, moku-chokoku developed to accommodate the architectural sculptures
The beautifully-sculptured columns and fanlights of the shrine Tosho-gu, a World Heritage Site, were carved by craftsman in the Edo period. World-renowned craftsman "Hidari Jingoro" was one of them.
In the Meiji period, decorative carvings expanded to ornament such objects as household furniture.
Only a chisel and knife is used to produce these works.
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