The Different Kinds of Japanese Art
“In a general sense, it is said that studying Japanese art is complicated. Japan is known to have produced so many beautiful and creative artistry that are timeless. They have also created art that are not just visually appealing but innovative and can help us during our day to day lives.” In our previous blog, we tackled the historical events that shaped the the identity of Japanese Art.
KINDS OF JAPANESE ART
Japanese Art withstood the test of time and continued to flourish and develop their beauty in the modern times. Furthermore, different kinds of japanese art continue to create the identity of Japan.
Ikebana is the traditional art of flower arranging. In contrast to the modern times, Ikebana is focuses on different parts of the plant, not just how the colorful petals bloom. Above all, harmony is the key; the balance between branches and blossoms, colors and textures.
“Pictures of the fleeting world.” Ukiyo-e are pictures that are embedded in woodblocks that features a world in “fleeting pleasure.” Most famous in Edo Period, these woodblock prints features courtesans and geishas since one of ukiyo-e’s purpose is to embody the urban lifestyle and fashion. During this period, merchants have a social status to uphold which held them in the grasp of luxury and pleasure which were found in pleasure districts such as the brothel in Yoshiwara.
Lacquer, in essence, is a varnish or a protective coating for wood, metal, etc. In Japan, Shiki or lacquerware is known for its beauty and durability and have been used for thousands of year. It’s main purpose is to preserve the natural beauty of the wood.
Japanese Art have always been a timeless classic that until now people are still fascinated with it’s beauty and also, it encompasses more than just paintings and sculptures.
Shodo, also known as Calligraphy, began at the Heian Period and it was imported from China. Shodo is a poetic script that may seem illegible but in Japan, the beauty can still be appeciated.
As mentioned before, Japanese art does not end in paintings or visual and physical material. Another pride of japanese art is art of Tea Ceremony. It began in Heian Period as a way to welcome elite visitors. What makes a Tea Ceremony a work of art is their unique set of rules and etiquette that are need to be followed.
Kodo or Incense Apprecition have become an important role in elite class in Japanese society. At that time before fragrances, nobles in the Japanese society use incense to scent their stuff to communicate. Until now, Kodo are still practiced although not common because of the expensive materials.
To learn more about different kinds of Japanese Art, Culture Trip made an article that eloborates further the different forms of Japanese Art.
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