There are various traditional paper arts in Japan and kamikiri, paper cutting craft, is one of them but the difference from other paper arts is that kamikiri is also a stage performance.
The performer cuts out a silhouette of something without drawing lines on a piece of paper.
Usually while cutting the paper with scissors, the performer keeps talking to entertain the audience.
So it is very complicated and hard!
The follow video is a kamikiri expert, Hayashiya Imamaru’s performance.
Having 50 years of kamikiri experience, he can make any silhouette by requests and make profile of a person instantly.
In the video, he makes a geisha, audiences’ profiles and people carrying a portable shrine.
Although he makes them very quickly, the lines are so detailed.
When you watch the following video, I want you to pause to see how beautiful the silhouettes are.
For those who’ve never seen a portable shrine, this is a picture of it.
“People carrying a portable shrine”
Now, enjoy the kamikiri performance!
I think paper cutting crafts are not so rare but this man has got extraordinary skill.
It is very amazing how he makes those silhouettes so easily.
This is JAPAN Style!
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