Japanese Culture

Ancient Japan

Ancient Japan is a very cultural place! Japan from the past influences Japan today. For example, fashion, literature, visual art, architecture, and their performing arts. This is how Japan influences Japan today.

Fashion- "The Nobles love of beauty began with their own appearances. They had magnificent wardrobes full of silk robes and gold jewelry. Nobles loved elaborated outfits. For example, women wore long gowns made of 12 layers of colored silk cleverly cut and folded to show off many layers at once. To complete their outfits, nobles often carried delicate decorative fans."

Literature-"In addition to how they looked,Japanese nobles took a lot of care to how they wrote and spoke, writing was very popular among the nobles, especially among the women, they wrote diaries and journals about life. These women carefully chose words to make their writing beautiful, unlike men who usually wrote in Chinese, nobles women would write in Japanese.

Visual Art- "Besides literature, Japan's nobles also loved their visual arts. The most popular art forms of the period were paintings, calligraphy, and architecture. In their paintings, the nobles of Heian liked bright and bold colors. They also liked illustrated stories. In fact, many of the greatest paintings from this period illustrate scenes from literature, such as 'The Tale of Genji'."

Architecture: "The nobles of Heian worked 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 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 performing arts were also popular in Japan during the Heian period. The roots of later Japanese drama can be traced back to this time. People often gathered to watch performances by musicians, jugglers, and acrobats. Noh-form of drama. These plays often tell about great heroes or figures from Japan's past."

Buddhism Changes- "Religion became something of an art form in Heian. The nobles religion reflected their love of elaborate rituals most of the common people in Japan, though equally religions didn't have the time or money for these ceremonies. Zen-popular was a new form of Buddhism. Zen-Buddhists believed that neither faith nor good behavior would lead to wisdom."

All these things represent different cultures in Ancient Japan. Fashion, Literature, Visual Art, Architecture, Preforming Arts, and how Buddhism changed. The end.

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