Katsudō Shashin is a filmstrip speculated to be the oldest work of
animation in Japan. Three seconds long, it depicts a boy who writes
"moving picture" in Japanese script, removes his hat, and waves.
Discovered in a collection of films and projectors in Kyoto, its creator
is unknown. Natsuki Matsumoto, an expert in iconography at the Osaka
University of Arts, determined that it was most likely made before 1912.
It may have been influenced by animated filmstrips for German
cinematographs, devices that first appeared in Japan in 1904. Evidence
suggests Katsudō Shashin was mass-produced to be sold to wealthy owners
of home projectors. To Matsumoto, the relatively poor quality and low-
tech printing technique indicate it was likely from a smaller film
company. Unlike in traditional animation, the frames were not produced
by photographing the images, but were impressed directly onto film. They
were stencilled in red and black using a device for making magic lantern
slides, and the filmstrip was fastened in a loop for continuous play.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katsud%C5%8D_Shashin>
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