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Arts and Crafts in Feudal Japan

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Mary Gayle Stowe

on 15 April 2014

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Arts and Crafts in Feudal Japan
Many years ago in Japan, the Emperor gave power to his shoguns. Each shogun had a clan and to keep his clan safe, the shogun trained many samuri warriors. In the clans were also many craftspeople and today we can still admire their work.
Feudal Japan
1185-1603
Japanese people surrounded themselves with many objects from the natural world. They had a special place in their house called the tokonoma. They often displayed a beautiful piece of pottery, hung a scroll painting and placed a beautiful arrangement of flowers. Some scrolls featured

decorative handwriting called calligraphy.
Potters and Painters
Buddhism is a religion. Some of the samuri became interested in Zen Buddhism. Zen Buddhism focused on being still and concentrating. Many craftsmen used Zen ideas to plan quiet gardens and to make utensils for tea ceremonies.
Zen and the Arts
Some craftsmen made swords for the Samuri fighters. Japanese sword makers made some of the finest swords in the world. The sword blades were tough and rigid, They had to be unbreakable and sharp. Swords were also works of art and were decorated and signed by their makers.
Shogun
Craftsman
Samuri Warrior
Emperor
Samuri and Their Swords
Emperor
Many things have changed in Japan since Feudal times, but there are three main ideas that still remain:
Love of nature and natural things
High standards of craftsmanship
Respect for their tools and materials
Today in Japan
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