Growth of Japanese Culture

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The Japanese, as they adopted traits from China, also brought in calligraphy and writing. They would write several series of Chinese-Japanese characters in a 'fancy' style that made the pieces of calligraphy look surreal. Each character was painted in a set of lines, each line being carefully painted with attention to detail.
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Brush Painting and Silk

During the 600's, Japanese painting with ink on paper scrolls and on silk became a part of Japanese culture. Because of the Shinto influence in Japanese lifestyle, these paintings were often of landscapes, ancestors, and historical events. These paintings were made with great detail and took very long to paint.

Gardening and The Art of Flower Arranging

Another tradition that was brought over from the Chinese-Buddhist culture was flower arranging. People who adopted this tradition tried to make simple arrangements that highlighted the natural beauty of plants (mainly flowers). The Japanese also tried to bring gardening from the Chinese-Buddhist culture while giving it a 'Zen' twist so people could ease their minds while visiting these 'Zen' gardens. The gardens often had stepping stones with many rocks and sparse flowers and trees. These gardens sometimes had Bonsai trees in pots. Bonsai is the work of growing tiny trees in small pots. Both Zen gardens and Bonsai gardening are still art forms performed today.