Growth of Japanese Culture

Distinctive Japanese Arts - Summarized by Oliver Norstrom

Calligraphy and Painting

Japanese wrote with brushes and ink on paper. To the Japanese, a way to express beauty was to write. There are hundredths of different characters that the writers vary the size of to change the meaning of that character.

Calligraphy and Painting

The Japanese started to write with brushes and ink on paper scrolls at the same time as silk. These scrolls depict many historical events, landscapes, and even a daily life.

Flower Arranging and Gardening

A tradition the Buddhists brought to Japan was the act of Flower Arranging. The Japanese emphasized the way of simple arrangements. Bonsai is the way of growing miniature trees or shrubs in a small pot.

Flower Arranging and Gardening

Landscape gardeners created zen-inspired gardens to show the beauty of nature. These gardens are created to help the people think quietly. These two forms of art remain some of the most important in Japan today.
Japanese Zen garden history and design: Pt3 of Buddhist Gardens Videos