Art Theory

Traditional Japanese Art

Traditionally Japanese art is a broad range of art forms. These forms include: yakusha-e, uchiwa fan, shodo, raigozu, dahe hui and shubun.

Traditionally Japanese art is a broad range of art forms. These forms include: yakusha-e, uchiwa fan, shodo, raigozu, dahe hui and shubun. These styles are all linked to the Japanese prewar period, including the Edo and Kano schools.

uchiwa fan

During the Edo period, uchiwa fans were a popular way to escape the hot summer months. They were also made as souvenirs for shrines. They were also appreciated as works of art. Today, Uchiwa are used as a fashion accessory and as a tool to enjoy Japanese taste. They are also often used by Buddhist monks as ceremonial fans.

Uchiwa fans are made from materials such as wood, bamboo and areca nut palm. They are also available in plastic. Uchiwa fans have been made in various shapes and sizes. Some have palm-leaf-shaped fan parts. Some are palm-shaped, while others are circular. They are made of wood or vegetable fiber, and some are made from silk.

Uchiwa fans are also used as a ritual tool to drive away evil spirits. They are usually held above a person’s head in certain rituals. They are also used for fortune telling.

They are also used in dances. In the early days, Uchiwa fans were made from bamboo. Nowadays, they are usually made of plastic, and they can be decorated by anyone.

yakusha-e (actor prints)

During the Edo period, the Japanese people developed a new art form called yakusha-e (actor prints). These prints were images of actors, which were very popular during that time. The print often depicted an actor in an intense pose. This form of art spread like a fashion magazine. Often, the actor was pictured in colorful costumes.

Yakusha-e was produced in many genres. The most common types were actors playing roles, and generic types. These types of prints are sometimes known as kabuki prints. These types of prints often featured aerial perspectives. Many of the prints are also characterized by their small size.

One of the most well-known yakusha-e printers was Toshusai Sharaku. He produced 140 prints during a short period between 1794 and 1795. His prints are considered to be among the most individualized portrayals in ukiyo-e.

His depictions were influential to European artists. Henri Toulouse-Lautrec was inspired by Sharaku’s edgy and bold portraits. The portraits of Sharaku often portrayed actors in dramatic poses and in exaggerated grimaced facial expressions. His work was considered to be an early precursor to the depictions of Kabuki actors in prints.

Shubun and Sesshu

Among the most prominent figures in traditional Japanese art was Sesshu. He was a Buddhist monk and painter of great distinction. He is credited with the development of the Japanese ink painting style. He is also considered the founder of the sumi-e style.

Sesshu was born in the Bitchu province of Japan. His family name was Oda. He studied Chinese ink painting under Tensho Shubun. He also studied Zen Buddhism. He moved to Yamaguchi Prefecture when he was in his mid-twenties. He was later appointed as the chief priest of the Unkoku temple in Yamaguchi. He then moved to Masuda, Shimane Prefecture.

Sesshu mastered the ink art of the Zhe School. He was a distinguished visitor from Japan, and received great respect from his fellow Chinese. He was able to adapt Chinese models to Japanese aesthetic sensibilities. He created a style that embodied the elements of the Yuan and Ming styles. His best work is a pair of six-fold screens in the Kosaka Collection in Tokyo. These are painted in a realistic, yet decorative manner.

Edo and prewar periods

During the Edo period, Japanese art was characterized by an intense fusion of aesthetic principles. This visual vocabulary crossed and melded cultural registers, including popular culture. A variety of aesthetic specializations were developed, including traditional yamato-e painting, screen paintings, scrolls, and ceramics. The visual vocabulary was influenced by Chinese scholar-amateur painters from the Yuan dynasty who came to Japan during the mid-18th century.

The visual vocabulary of the Edo period was influenced by Chinese and Western art, especially from the port of Nagasaki. This was the only Japanese port open to foreign trade. The trade opened up Ming literati culture, which entered Japanese artistic circles.

The Nagasaki trade also spurred the development of Japanese porcelain. Porcelain had smooth surfaces with well-defined shapes. It was used in rituals such as tea ceremonies. It was produced in many different styles and was used to decorate tombs and tomb goods.

Another artistic influence of the Edo period was the development of woodcut prints, also called Ukiyo-e. This form of art was created for the urban townspeople. It first specialized in pictures of famous Kabuki actors. Later, it became a source of inspiration for European artists in the 19th century.

Kano school

During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the Kano School of Painting was the most successful school in Japanese painting. Its success was tied to the political vicissitudes of the Tokugawa shogunate.

Kano artists drew on Chinese literati painting traditions. They also had access to an impressive amount of patronage. They painted monochrome ink paintings in Chinese styles, but they also incorporated other styles. They painted genre paintings, which depicted famous places and activities. They also painted stereoscope paintings, which simulated looking at a scene with one’s own eyes. They were also experts at painting on paper, using bold brush strokes and a soft medium. They also mastered the use of gold and ink to give a high definition to the ideals of their time.

Kano artists also developed a standardized style for large panels. This style emphasized inventiveness. Their paintings used negative space to imply sky, mist, sea, or clouds. They also painted traditional subjects from interesting angles.

The Kano school was originally based in Kyoto, but the Tokugawa shogunate made it a formal school in the capital. They sponsored temples and reconstructions of imperial palaces in Kyoto.

Yamato-e (Da He Hui)

Traditionally a Japanese art form, it has been adapted for use by designers and artists all over the world. For instance, Issey Miyake, the first Japanese designer to show in Paris, revolutionized the way we dress and made Japan a global brand. Known for her use of origami, Miyake introduced Japanese fashion into the Western world and set the stage for future Japanese designers.

Aside from Miyake, Japan has produced many of the world’s most notable fashion designers, from Yohji Yamamoto to Akira Fukasawa. Many of these designers have been awarded the Order of Culture by the Japanese government. In fact, Mori, the fashion designer to whom this essay is dedicated, received the aforementioned award in 2002.

The National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) is presenting “Start Here”, an exhibition of four nisei Japanese Canadian artists born in the 1920s. The show is curated by Bryce Kanbara of Graham Gallery and opens on October 1, 2018, in conjunction with a citywide arts symposium dubbed Gei. The exhibition features works of Shizuye Takashima, Takao Tanabe, Roy Kiyooka, and Wakaji Matsumoto. It will be on view from October 1 to December 22, 2022.


Several styles of shodo have been developed over the years, including: Kaisho (block style), Sosho (cursive style), and Gyosho (semi-italic style). All shodo styles are based on the same eight basic strokes that go in eight directions.

Shodo is a spiritual and aesthetic art form. It generates a gentle energy in the body, promoting inner peace and clarity of mind.

Shodo is one of the most popular forms of art in Japan. The art form has a close connection to Zen Buddhism and is considered a way to express one’s inner beauty. It is said to be the path to enlightenment. It has been practiced since the fifth century A.D. It is an art that combines ideograms for ancestral wisdom, technique, and composition.

Shodo is an art that requires a high degree of skill. In order to learn this art form, students start with Kaisho. Kaisho is considered the foundation of all shodo styles. During Kaisho, students learn the basics of composition and proportion. They are then able to move on to less formal styles.

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