Growth of Japanese Culture

Distinctive Japanese Arts


The Chinese and Japanese both wrote using brushes and ink in a technique called calligraphy. In calligraphy every character is painted in a certain order and the different shape, sizes are used to show different meanings. The calligraphy designs are very detailed and often represent the beauty of simple things and nature.


Painting with brushes and ink on paper scrolls and silk started in the 600's. The Japanese liked to create detailed designs of landscape, history, and daily life.

Flower Arranging and Gardening

Buddhists brought the art of flower arranging to Japan. Flower arranging is still an important art form in Japan today. In arranging flowers, the natural beauty of flowers is emphasized. Zen gardeners design peaceful places with pathways of trees and flowers that allow people to see the beauty of nature throughout the garden.

What themes are reflected in Japanese arts?

Japanese arts reflect the themes of simplicity and the love of natural beauty.

How did Japanese culture reflect an interest in natural beauty?

The Japanese culture reflects an interest in natural beauty through the art forms of calligraphy, painting, flower arranging and the creation of gardens.

Made By: Davis Eiselman