Growth of Japanese Culture

Distinctive Japanese Arts

Caligraphy and Painting

The Japanese used brushes and ink to write on scrolls. It was beautiful to them. They thought Calligraphy was a work of art. Calligraphy has a lot of different characters, shapes and sizes describing different meanings. Brush painting on scrolls came about in the 600's.
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Blue 青 How to write Blue in Japanese KANJI

Flower Arranging and Gardening

Buddhists brought the tradition of flower arranging to Japan. They like to keep it simple and show it's natural beauty. Another art is Bonsai which means growing miniature trees in small containers. Japanese landscapers were inspired by Zen creating simple gardens with few flowers but are still beautiful.
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Japanese Bonsai Trees!