Japan?s Art, all thought sometimes over looked has evolved through many
art are the Archaic, Ask, Heian, Kamakura, Askikaga and the Ego periods. Each
Period has taken Japan to a new level of art.
consisted of well crafted vessels, vases, and tools. Most vessels and vases were
stilts. The Japanese did however build shrines in this period. These shrines were
consisted of many buildings and were concentrated around a central axis. The
symmetrical system was off set by a gate and a building were only the deity could dwell.
The most famous of these Shrines is the Ise Shrine. This shrine is 55 yards by 127 yards
and is completely fenced in. The Shrine is also made entirely out of wood! With the
building of shrines the Japanese moved into a new period, the Asuka period. The
Still changing though Japan moves into the Heian Period. The Heian period
began at the beginning of the ninth century. The Japanese weren?t just practicing
Buddhism, they were practicing Esoteric Buddhism. Japan also stopped communication
the frames, the scenes were viewed from elevation and dull colors and flat surfaces
where used. This style was known as Yamato-e. Yamato-e was greatly used for the
illustration of stories. This style was cold and lifeless. But things began to look up
towards the end of the period. Towards the end of the period the dull large paintings
The Japanese Art always changing and expanding mostly because of the
influence of the rulers. At the beginning of the Kamakura period a new ruler took over
the simplest of details was expressed. Also a more advanced Yamato-e style was
developed with more color and softer lines. Also with realism came a type of formalized
to another change of rulers.
And with this change of rulers came the Ashikaga period. Communication with
China was restored and once again China had a huge impact on Japanese Art. Yamato-e
diminished and hardly used. But Japan did begin to develop the Tea Ceremony. The Tea
ceremony “is to produce courtesy, politeness, modesty, moderation, calmness, peace of
body and soul, without pride or arrogance, fleeing from all ostentation, pomp, external
place of calmness and tranquillity. In Japan No two tea houses are alike, they harbor the
have started the tea ceremony but Japan embraced it, added to it and made it their own,
and still today it is practiced.
And last but certainly not least the Ego Period the period which brings us from
the end of the Ashikaga period to the present. I find that Japanese art today is very flat
would certainly go for this kind of art, very clear and crisp! Still today, the Shrines are
being re-built the Ice Shines has be re-built sixty times, its amazing to keep up with
something for that amount of time. But it still stands today. Just like Japanese Art,
maybe it didn?t make a huge impact on the world as a whole but it still survives today
Kleiner Fred and Richard Tansey, Gardner?s Art through the Ages 10th ed.