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Artistic Techniques

Heroes and Legends: Samurai in Japanese Prints

Discover how artists depicted samurai to explore legends and communicate social and political messages through musha-e, prints depicting warriors.

 

 

Provided by Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Art of Japan: Temples, Towns and Traditions

Explore artworks from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s collection of Japanese art.

Provided by Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Kyogen Theater: The Art of Laughter

Performed on a simple stage, Kyogen (literally “wild speech”) first developed in the 1300s. Kyogen actors performed during interludes between Noh performances, providing comic relief.

Provided by Asian Art Museum
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Japanese Baskets

World-reknown collector, Lloyd Cotsen, explains artistic innovations in Japanese basketry.

Provided by Asian Art Museum
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How Japan Inspired Monet, Van Gogh, and Other Western Artists

When Japan opened its port to international trade in the 1850s and emerged from centuries of self-imposed isolation, Japanese prints, albums and objects arrived in Europe and North America in unprecedented quantities. In the frenzy of collecting and admiration that followed, Japanese art caught the eye of designers and artists seeking fresh solutions to artistic problems.

Provided by Asian Art Museum
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About Teabowls

In Japanese, the word for bowl is chawan, and most Japanese people use chawan every day to eat rice. The word chawan, however, does not mean “rice bowl,” but “teabowl.” This is because such bowls were originally used, not for rice, but for tea! Learn what qualities make a teabowl.

Provided by Kyoto National Museum

About Tea Kettles

Learn about the way of tea by exploring a variety of tea implements and practices dating back to the Kamakura period (1185-1333).

Provided by Kyoto National Museum

Chado: The Japanese Tea Gathering

This lesson introduces students to the Japanese tea ceremony to consider the art and the tradition of the tea ceremony and study the serving pieces used in the ceremony by participating in a tea ceremony. Students will learn the importance of the performance of tea ceremony through the history of how it became what it is today.

Provided by Cleveland Museum of Art

Trade between Japan and Ming China

At the end of the 9th century, Japan was prohibited from sending any more envoys (trade representatives) to Tang China. The trade ban was not lifted until many centuries later in Japan’s Muromachi period (1392-1573), when the Japanese Shogun (military ruler) Ashikaga Yoshimitsu sent a ship to Ming China in 1401 (Oei 8, by the Japanese calendar). This marked the re-opening of trade relations between Japan and Ming China.

Provided by Kyoto National Museum

The Way of Tea

Discover the rich history of the Japanese tea gathering.

Provided by Asian Art Museum
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