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Kage-e (shadow pictures)

What dose it look like
    on the other side of the shoji
(sliding door frame covered by paper)?

In the past, people enjoyed shadow performances at banquets and other functions, using hands and legs, or small implements to create shapes in the form of a wild goose or a cat behind a shoji sliding door. Try and imagine what it would look like behind the shoji and how the shadows would appear on the shoji.

How to play: Move your mouse cursor over the pictures, and the shadows or tricks will be displayed on the material
Displayed on the material
Impromptu Shadow Series (Sokkyō Kageboshi-zukushi
Painted by Utagawa Hiroshige I
Displayed on the material
Shadow Series, New Edition (Shinpan Kageboshi-zukushi)
Painted by Utagawa Hiroshige I(reproduction)