Growth of Japan Culture

Distinctive Japanese Arts - Summarized by Chase Mattingly

Calligraphy and Painting

The Japanese wrote with brushes and ink. Calligraphy is considered an expression of beauty and the art of beautiful writing. Each character is painted with a set of brush strokes. Brush painting originated during the 600s. Each Japanese painting is very detailed.

Flower Arranging and Gardening

The Buddhists brought the tradition of art flower arranging to Japan. They tried to show the beauty of flowers. Bonsai is the art of growing, or making a small, or mini tree. Gardeners would also make places to show the beauty of nature, these places were called gardens. These gardens were simple with pathways, rocks, flowers and trees.

Essential Question

What themes are reflected in Japanese arts?

Review Question

How did Japanese culture reflect an interest in natural beauty?