Trivial Objects from Taishō Japan in the Collection of Alma M. Karlin

Asian Studies

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Title Trivial Objects from Taishō Japan in the Collection of Alma M. Karlin
Trivialni predmeti z Japonske v obdobju Taishō v zbirki Alme M. Karlin
 
Creator Shigemori Bučar, Chikako
 
Subject trivial objects
Alma M. Karlin
Taishō Japan
collecting
souvenir
drobni predmeti
Alma M. Karlin
obdobje Taishō
zbiranje
spominki
 
Description Alma M. Karlin, a young woman adventurer who made her journey around the world between 1919 and 1927, stayed in Japan for a little more than a year. As a young woman without significant funds, she relied on her own ability to earn a living during her stay in the country. Among the items she brought back from Japan to Slovenia there are many small objects which are not typical “exotic objects from the Far East”. They are rather small and trivial items such as a wall calendar, a streetcar ticket, children’s miniature toys, a part of ceremonial wrappings, and paper bookmarks. This paper focuses on the small and untypical items Karlin brought back from Japan. Karlin’s travelogue and other writings, including her notes on the unused postcards, give us some information about her life in Japan. Together with her travelogue, notes and messages on the objects in her legacy, we can reconstruct some aspects of her everyday life in Japan. Though small and trivial, such items collected by Karlin reveal some important details of her experience in the central part of Tokyo in the Taishō period.
Alma M. Karlin je potovala okoli sveta med letoma 1919 in 1927. Na Japonskem je živela nekaj več kot eno leto. Med predmeti, ki jih je prinesla domov z Japonske, je kar nekaj drobnarij, ki niso tipični »eksotični predmeti z Daljnega vzhoda«. So majhni in trivialni predmeti, npr. stenski koledarček, vozovnica za tramvaj, otroška miniaturna kuhinjica, vrvice za zavijanje daril in papirnata bralna znamenja. Članek opiše in analizira te drobne in netipične spominke v zbirki Alme Karlin. Skupaj z njenim potopisom in zapiski ter kratkimi beležkami na hrbtnih straneh razglednic nam ti predmeti razkrivajo podrobnosti njenega življenja na Japonskem, ki ga je večinoma preživela v središču Tokia v obdobju Taishō.
 
Publisher Znanstvena založba Filozofske fakulte / Ljubljana University Press, Faculty of Arts
 
Date 2021-09-10
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier https://revije.ff.uni-lj.si/as/article/view/9800
10.4312/as.2021.9.3.21-45
 
Source Asian Studies; Vol. 9 No. 3 (2021): Special Issue: East Asia in Slovenia: Collecting Practices, Categorization and Representation; 21-45
Azijske študije; Letn. 9 Št. 3 (2021): Special Issue: East Asia in Slovenia: Collecting Practices, Categorization and Representation; 21-45
2350-4226
2232-5131
10.4312/as.2021.9.3
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://revije.ff.uni-lj.si/as/article/view/9800/9693
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2021 Chikako SHIGEMORI BUČAR
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0
 

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