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8.4 Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต

2 min readโ€ขoctober 29, 2020

Charly Castillo

Charly Castillo

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Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต


Zen Buddhism and Shintoism were the two most practiced religions in Japan during the construction of these structures, and its influence is evident. Japanese buildings are usually made from undressed (not finished, natural) wood, and there are many zen gardens (gardens that resemble nature and are used for meditation) found around the nation. This is because both religions promote being harmonious with nature, whether that's by using natural materials or finding peace in it, showing that in Japan, religion and nature go hand in hand ๐Ÿค

Image Courtesy of Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0). Tลdai-ji.


Image Courtesy of Japan Guide. Ryลan-ji.

โ“Checking for Understanding: What is the role of nature in Tลdai-ji and Ryลan-ji? Give specific examples.

Painting and Printmaking

Like Japan's architecture, many of its paintings and prints also revolve around nature because of the influence of Zen Buddhism and Shintoism. Japanese ukiyo-e painters created genre scenes (works depicting scenes of everyday life) of things like outdoor scenes and people at work, which you can see in the works below. Artists like Ogata Kลrin (painter of Red and White Plum Blossoms) were inspired by the yamato-e style and used techniques like tarashikomi and mokkotsu to give the appearance of water ripples ๐ŸŒŠ and flowers in bloom ๐ŸŒธ

Image Courtesy of Khan Academy. Red and White Plum Blossoms.


Image Courtesy of Wikipedia. The Great Wave off Kanagawa.

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