All Bout' Japan


The nobles of Heian worked hard to make their city beautiful. They greatly admired Chinese architecture and modeled Heian after the Chinese capital, Chang'an. They copied Chinese building styles, especially in the many temples they built. These styles featured buildings with wooden frames that curved slightly upward at the ends. The wooden frames were often left unpainted to look more natural.

Performing Arts:

The roots of later Japanese drama can be traced back to the Heian period. People often gathered to watch performances by musicians, jugglers, and acrobats. These performances were wild and fun. The plays in which the actors skillfully mimicked other people were especially popular.


Religion became something of an art form in Heian. The nobles' religion reflected their love and elaborate rituals. Most of the common people in Japan, though equally religious, didn't have the time or money for these ceremonies. As a result, different forms of Buddhism developed in Japan. One new form of Buddhism was very popular with Japan's common people. It was called Pure Land Buddhism and didn't require any special rituals. Instead, Pure Land Buddhists chanted the Buddha's name over and over to achieve an enlightened state.

Modern Day Fashion:

When talking about fashion in Japan it is just impossible not to acknowledge the fact that Japanese people have an incredible sense of style. Fashion plays a huge role in Japanese peoples everyday life because they have a special attitude towards clothing. In Japan fashion is considered to be a simple way to express yourself, to show others truly who you are, and that you are aware of the newest trends. This phenomenon can be easily observed in Japanese biggest cities, especially in cities like Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. Japanese fashion can be seen as a mixture of all European, exotic, futuristic and traditional styles.

Modern Day Art:

From its brightly layered temples to its sleek glass buildings, its colorful prints to its budding social commentary, it is clear that modern art and architecture of Japan have a distinctly strong  style. The assimilation to nature has been a fundamental design element for Japanese artists dating back centuries, an aesthetic which is still implemented to this day. Travelers can visualize Japan's treasured heritage and its cutting-edge future through modern design and architecture, where some of the world's pre-eminent artists display their talent throughout the country.

Modern Day Performing Arts:

Japanese performing arts, the varied and technically complex dance and theatre arts of Japan. Among the most important of these are Noh theatre or dance drama, Kabuki, and Bunraku. From prehistoric times, dances have served as an intermediary between humans and the gods in Japan. Kagura dances dedicated to native deities and performed at the imperial court or in villages before local Shintō shrines are in essence a symbolic reenactment of the propitiatory dance that lured the sun goddess Amaterasu from the cave in ancient myth.

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