Ancient to Modern Japan
I am the ancient spirit of Japan's past, and I am here to teach you about the culture of Ancient Japan. From fashion to architecture, literature to performing arts, even Buddhism plays an important role in Japanese culture and daily life. In this blog I'm going to take you on a walk through ancient and modern Japan and show you how different and how similar they really are.
First we'll start with fashion. Fashion in ancient Japan consisted of magnificent robes of silk with many layers, each with varying colors. The wealthy of ancient Japan wore gold jewelry and adored elaborate outfits, they also enjoyed decorative fans with depictions of nature and flowers sewed onto them. In modern day Japan their style of clothing is much different from that of ancient Japan. Modern Japan has a form of fashion known as street fashion. Street fashion in Japan is filled with wild and vivid colors and is also known as "kawaii fashion". Kawaii meaning cute or adorable, these clothes are very bright and colorful and mostly go along the lines of dresses or skirts. The Japanese also wear kimonos in various styles and colors which date back all the way to the 5th century.
Next we'll talk about performing arts. In ancient Japan people often gathered in the streets to watch performances done by musicians and dancers. Most performances were wild and fun but there was a serious type of drama called Noh. Noh plays combined music, speaking, and dance. In modern Japan there is a performing art style known as kabuki, "ka" signifying song,"bu" meaning dance, and "ki" as skill. Kabuki performances allow those who participate in them to show off their vocal and acting skill.
Now let's talk about religion, in ancient Japan, Buddhism was a very important and influential religion that even broke into different parts known as Pure Land Buddhism and Zen Buddhism. Pure land Buddhism was popular with the common people because it didn't require special rituals. Zen Buddhists believed neither faith or good behavior led to wisdom. Today most of Japan believes in Shinto.
Lastly, we're going to talk about literature and architecture. Literature in Japan was for all people, men women, poor or rich, literature was a very popular subject. Women wrote in diaries and journals. Men usually wrote in Chinese while women wrote in Japanese. Architecture was based off of Chinese building styles. They had simple airy designs and elegant gardens .