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.

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