Japanese and Korean adornment Intro



Since the time when Europeans and Americans have traveled the oceans in order to discover Asia, Asian adornment was one of the objects of their attention because of its uniquely exotic style. In Korea, beauty, wealth, and power is presented in clothing, more specifically its national costume, the ‘han bok’. In Japan, beauty is pursued to virtual perfection in the form of tattoo, clothing, and ritualistic traditions. Like many Asian traditions, the Japanese beauty ideals and practices follow strict guidelines that have changed with time since the 8th Century. Unlike the traditions, the Japanese traditional clothing, the kimono, has preserved most of its design and form despite slight changes caused by foreign influence. Likewise, the Japanese tattoo has managed to stay ‘untouched’ by foreigners and still retains its unique art form and style from the 18th Century. The presentation of Japanese tattoo is not only very detailed and elegant, but the meaning behind its beauty is very inspiring. However, the development of the present form of Japanese tattoo can only be understood in a survey of its history before the 18th Century.





Clothing - Zoe Kim



Beauty ideals - Abby Mitchell

Clothing - Ellen Blazich

Tattoo (history) - Blanche Dy

Tattoo (meaning) - Tse-Hui Wu