Traditional arts

Traditional arts


An introduction of Japanese traditional arts which have been passed down the ages.


Japanese artworks are considered to go back to the B.C. era. People used to use Jomon pottery, which is earthenware with a rope-like pattern, and decorate clay figures with magatama (comma-shaped beads) and jade.
Many artworks were closely related to religions at the beginning, but then gradually developed into popular culture. It became an enjoyment for everyone as hobbies and entertainment.

Waka and Haiku

Waka (literally, "Japanese song") is a style of poetry particular to Japan. A lot of refined waka are recorded in old history books, and various expression methods are established, from poems of the nobility to those of the general population. In post-modernism, Haiku, a 3-line poem with each line containing 5, 7 and 5 Japanese characters respectively and including a kigo (a word or phrase associated with a particular season) was established.

Japanese Gardens

The gardens which are artificially made to imitate nature can be strolled through and admired.
Natural elements, such as stone gardens, plants and ponds, and also architectural structures are placed to create a whole world.


Lacquerware, occasionally marked "japan", is a craft where materials such as wood and paper are coated in various layers of lacquer and printed with pictures.
Various pictures are made by setting, sprinkling and carving gold dust and pigments. Each region has its own traditional lacquer craft.

Ukiyo-e (a genre of Japanese paintings)

A genre developed during the Edo period.
Nishiki-e, which is a multi-coloured woodblock printing, is the most popular. The content of the paintings covers every genre, from current affairs at the time to portraits of celebrities, comical caricatures of personified dogs and cats, Bijin-ga (a generic term for pictures of beautiful women), and landscape paintings.

Evolving traditional arts

By adopting modern culture such as anime, traditional arts are evolving to become more accessible.

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.

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