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Jōdo Shū: Pure Land Buddhism

Buddhism was introduced to Japan in the sixth century AD and flourished...

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Shigaraki jar

Looking at the Shigaraki jar, we can feel the handcrafted elegance of its form, the great energy and power...

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The Tale of Genji

Genji was known to possess rare physical beauty, great sensitivity and intelligence...

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The Tale of Genji II

Due to The Tale of Genji's great popularity during the mid seventeenth to eighteenth centuries, Genji motifs appeared in many different media...

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Samurai: A life of art and war

Samurai were the warriors, rulers and aristocratic elite of Japanese society...

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Samurai: A life of art and war II

Horses were of prime importance for the samurai in military engagement, travel and ceremonial parades...

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Chadō: The way of tea

Cha-no-yu, literally meaning 'hot water for tea', is known in English as the tea ceremony....

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Chadō: The way of tea II

The influence of tea ceremony on contemporary art, craft and design...

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Kin byōbu: golden screens

Decorative folding screens known as byobu...

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Kin byōbu: golden screens II

From the eighth century onwards paintings by Chinese artists were imported to Japan which influenced...

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Ukiyo-e in Edo Japan

Ukiyo-e, literally meaning 'pictures of the floating world'...

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Ukiyo-e in Edo Japan II

By far the largest of Hokusai's works is his fifteen- volume collection of printed Manga...

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Zen

Zen Buddhism is said to have begun in India in the sixth century BC with what is known as the 'flower sermon'...

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Mingei

Mingei, literally meaning 'arts of the people', refers to handcrafted objects produced for everyday use and enjoyment.

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