Japan Fashion, Literature, Art,Performing Arts,Visual Arts, Religionand Architecture
By Kyle Wilson
Japan liked complex and expensive outfits.They used things such as silk in their clothes and wore expensive jewelry made of gold and diamonds. They also carried very decorative and colorful fans. They were normally decorated with images of court or nature life. Some things such as the kimono in ancient times are still used today.
In ancient times most of the women wrote the literature. But when they did the men normally wrote Chinese and the women wrote Japanese. The book above, the Tale of Genji was written in 1000 and considered one of the first and best novels of all time by historians. Japan enjoyed literature so, that they held parties to read and write poetry. One of their favorite styles was the Haiku, which is still enjoyed today!
Japanese art is considered very delicate and beautiful. It includes paintings, calligraphy, and architecture. They liked to use bright and bold colors. They normally didn't use paper to do their art on. Japanese people actually used furniture and doors. The Japanese also felt that they needed to illustrate poems to make them as beautiful as they sounded. Their favorite things to illustrate were scenes of nature or court life. Today, these things are still done today. However most use canvas rather than furniture. Bright colors are popular all across the world now, along with nature paintings and illustrating poems or books.
The Japanese also loved performing arts. This included musicians, jugglers, actors, and acrobats. These performances were recorded as wild and fun. Some of the most memorable performances were that of those in which they mimicked others. Later they developed into a sort of drama called Noh. It combined speaking, music, and dance. They were often about Japan's heroes and figures of the past.
Japan's architecture was designed to appeal to the eye as much as possible. They admired and modeled the Chinese's take on buildings. They copied China and used wooden frames and curves going upward at the ends. They left them untainted to keep their natural state. They also had thatched roofs. For other buildings, they used simple airy designs. They were made of wood, tiled roofs with large spaces inside.