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10 facts on Japanese Art

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Bobby Zhou

on 14 December 2013

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1. Introduction:
There are not many countries like Japan, blessed with centuries of artistic history and background. Japanese art forms have had modifications made to them time to time and japanese artists had never hesitated to adopt foreign methods in their art work. These art forms are explicit expressions of the artistic mind and workmanship of the Japanese people.
2. Painting is counted to be the most ancient form of art in Japan.
Japans own expertise and the influences from outside have made their painting exceptional which helped them to develop their own painting methods. Variety and uniqueness are the main characteristics of Japanese painting.
3. In the more recent years sculptures turned to be a prominent characteristic of Japanese art.
Even today we find a number of outdoor sculptures in the various cities of Japan chiefly in parks where they are used as part of the landscape design. The Japanese also made use of natural materials for the purpose of creating sculptures.
For instance the art form named Bonsai is a contribution of the country. This exclusive art form is about growing tiny plants called bonsai trees. The purposes of bonsai are primarily contemplation (for the viewer) and the pleasant exercise of effort and ingenuity (for the grower).
8. Arranging flowers in a certain way is considered to be a type of art in japan
6. Origami comes from ori meaning "folding", and kami meaning "paper"
Origami is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, which started in the 17th century AD The goal of this art is to transform a flat sheet of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques.
Sometimes the trains are so crowded railway staff are employed to cram passengers inside.
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5. Ukiyo-e, Japanese type of wood block painting is another conventional art from Japan.
10. Japanese painting tends to move away from realism in its depiction of its subjects.
4. There are some art forms that are only to be found in Japan.
There are three main steps to make this type of art:
1. painting a design with ink
2. carving the design onto wooden blocks
3. applying the colored ink to the block and pressing the sheets of paper on them to print the design
7. If there are the use of cuts and glue during origami it is not considered to be origami.

Paper cutting and gluing is usually considered kirigami instead. Cutting was often used in traditional Japanese origami, but modern innovations in technique have made the use of cuts unnecessary. Most origami designers no longer consider models with cuts to be origami, instead using the term Kirigami to describe them.
This type of art is called Ikebana. Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. It is more than simply putting flowers in a container, but actually a disciplined art form in which the arrangement is a living thing where nature and humanity are brought together. It is steeped in the philosophy of developing a closeness with nature.
As is true of all other arts, ikebana is creative expression within certain rules of construction. Its materials are living branches, leaves, grasses, and blossoms. Its heart is the beauty resulting from color combinations, natural shapes, graceful lines, and the meaning latent in the total form of the arrangement. Ikebana is, therefore, much more than mere floral decoration.
9.. Japanese art began had even influenced western artists in the 19th century
Following the early influence of Chinese painting on Japanese art the opening of trade routes with Europe and the USA in the Nineteenth Century, Japanese art began to influence and be influenced by western artists. According to Cornell University, Nineteenth Century Japanese painters--such as Ando Hiroshige--influenced European artists such as Vincent Van Gogh and Edouard Manet.
The artist often looks for the inner essence of the subject, rather than a realistic copy. The University of British Columbia explains how famous paintings--such as The Tale Of Genji from the Twelfth Century--demonstrate the use of imaginative techniques in the depiction of everyday situations.
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