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Detail from the Genji Monogatari Emaki, a classic 12th century emakimono of the imperial court

Emakimono (絵巻物) or just emaki is an Japanese horizontal illustrated narration. It was originated in 8th century. Emakimoko used as illustration of religious texts, legends, or even romantic stories. It was generally depicted the customs of Japanese people. The preserved copies are protected as National Treasures of Japan.