Growth of Japanese Culture

Distinctive Japanese Arts- Summarized by Libby Nunan

Japanese Art Forms

Japanese culture mainly focused on the love of natural beauty and simplicity. They expressed it with gardening, flower arranging, calligraphy, and painting. Buddhism had much effect on the art forms by promoting simplicity, and Shinto promoted the love of natural beauty.


Japanese calligraphy is created with brush strokes. They use black ink because it is simple, and Zen Buddhism promotes simplicity. This is a common art form.


Japanese paintings were mostly landscapes, historical events, and everyday life in Japan.


The Japanese loved to garden. They specifically trimmed and planted trees, flowers, shrubs, and other plants so that people could enjoy the natural beauty of it. They also had zen gardens, where sand and rocks (sparsely scattered) were lain.

Flower Arranging

Japanese people frequently arrange flowers in a way that is simple ( a.k.a zen) and beautiful. The Buddhists brought this tradition to Japan. Bonsai is a Japanese tradition where you grow miniature trees or shrubs in trays or pots. A Bonsai tree was pictured at the top.
Easy Japanese Maple Bonsai.

Essential Question- How did the Japanese adapt Buddhism?

Review Question- How did Japanese culture reflect an interest in natural beauty?