Growth of Japanese Culture
Distinctive Japanese Arts, by Kobe Davis
Calligraphy and Panting
Like in much Japanese Art, simplicity and nature where the main themes in both Painting and Calligraphy. Both of these arts were brought from China, and therefore mainly where done with brush and ink. Although all writing was deemed art by the Japanese, Calligraphy was the art of beautiful writing. Brush painting began in the 600s on silk and paper scrolls. Both of these usually depicted landscape, historical events, and daily life.
Flower Arranging and Gardening
These were other Buddhist arts that came to Japan. Flowering emphasized simplicity and natural beauty, for example Bonsai, the art of forming Bonsai trees. Landscapers also tried to highlight the natural beauty of their art, while also maintaining simplicity. Zen gardens where designed for peaceful and quietly. Both of these arts are prominent in japan today still.
Japanese Brush Painting
This painting was done on a scroll, and has a example of a description in the upper right.
Japanese Flower Arrangment
This flower was from a flowering competition in London, England.
Essentail Question-What themes are reflective in Japanese Arts?
Review Question-How did Japanese culture reflect and intrest in natural beauty?
Ransui Yakata Japanese calligraphy