Arts in Japan embraces a vast genre and transcends what is popularly known as Arts. Apart from paintings and sculptures, Japanese arts includes anything of beauty and aesthetics. The harmonious blend of flora in Ikebana, the simple elegance of the tea ceremony, and the unique play of masks, tonal music and shadow in Kabuki, Noh and Kyougen all contribute to a unique mix of traditional Japanese arts.
Japan Foundation: Performing Arts Network Japan
The Performing Arts Network Japan is dedicated to disseminating information about the stimulating and highly diverse Japanese performing arts scene. And, with an eye to the international performing arts scene, each month they will also introduce presenters who are presently active on the international stage.
CREATIVE JAPAN- CONTEMPORARY ART Contemporary Japanese art consists of a broad range of artists working in different media. From pop-culture styles, photography, modernist art forms and use of modern technology, these artists’ works deal with seasonal change in the natural world and the artist’s own sensibilities.
AIR_J AIR_J is a website dedicated to disseminating information about Artist-in-Residence programs across Japan in both Japanese and English. Artist-in-Residence (AIR) is a short-term residence program to support creative activities of artists, creators, and scholars.
With a history that spans more than a thousand years, Japan has a rich treasure trove of artefacts, paintings and documents housed in museums throughout the Japanese archipelago. But of note are the Tokugawa Art Museum, Tokyo National Museum, Kyoto National Museum, National Museum of Japanese History and Edo-Tokyo Museum which exhibit some of the most precious and exquisite treasures developed by generations of Japanese and passed down over the centuries.
For centuries, Japanese art has been largely influenced by foreign cultures. First, by Chinese styles and cultures, and later by Western techniques and artistic values, Japanese art imbibed the aesthetics and technology that these influences had to offer. However, after World War II, Japanese art rapidly gained its originality and Japanese artists found an indigenous expression that is uniquely their own in their contributions to world art.