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The Dance Appreciation of the Japanese Envoys in the Joseon Dynasty 조선시대 일본 사신의 춤 향유 ×
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ISSN : 2383-5214(Print)
ISSN : 2733-4279(Online)
Asian Dance Journal Vol.37 pp.165-194
DOI : 10.26861/sddh.2015.37.165

조선시대 일본 사신의 춤 향유

The Dance Appreciation of the Japanese Envoys in the Joseon Dynasty


Cho, KyungA


This study starts from the question of what kind of dance had been appreciated by Japanese envoys. The scope of time period for this research is the Joseon Dynasty. The research objective is Joseon-wangjo-sillok (朝鮮王朝實錄), Akhakgwebeom (樂學軌範), all of source materials from official record and many literary works. First, Japanese envoys were enjoying the dance on the way to Seoul. In the Gyeongsangdo, Chungcheongdo, Gyeonggido, the banquets were held for Japanese envoys. Particularly, most performances took place in Gyeongsangdo. Thus the hosting for the Japanese envoys has contributed to the development of dance culture Gyeongsang region. Unfortunately the dance repertories are not known . After Imjin War, the feast and dance performances for Japanese envoys have existed only in Dongrae. Dancing performances performed in Japan House in Dongrae is seen in Dongrae-busa-jeobwae-sado (東萊府使接倭使圖). Secondly, the dances which were enjoyed by Japanese envoys in the court are Munmu, Mumu, Mongkeumcheok, Oyangseon, Dongdong, Mugo, Jeongdaeeop, Botaepyeong, and Bonglaeui. And those are called as court dance, jeongjae(呈才). Depending on the time, gisaeng and boy dancer were dancing performances for the Japanese envoy. The dance was not created for the Japanese envoys. In this regard, it can be seen that significantly less than the Chinese envoys. Third, Japanese envoy was also dancing in the royal feast. As the nationalities of audience and performers were different, the dances performed for Japanese envoys in Joseon Dynasty were kinds of international exchange.

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