The culture of Heian Period in Japan

The culture of aristocracy/ Kokufu Culture(国風文化) After the accession to the throne, the Emperor Kanmu(桓武天皇) moved the capital from Nagaoka-Kyo to Heian-Kyo, Kyoto, in 794. The event finished the Nara Period and its culture(Tenpyo Culture) , instead of starting Heian Period(平安時代).        The inflow of the culture from the Asian Continent came to an end with the abolition of the envoy to Tang Dynasty China in 894. It fostered the unique culture that the nobles created delicate and sophisticated Kokufu Culture. Kokufu means the original style of Japan.              After the introducing of Buddhism in Asuka Period , it gradually became familiar with the native Japanese religion Shinto in Nara Period. And people Read more about The culture of Heian Period in Japan[…]

Japanese culture in Nara Period. The Tenpyo Culture

Nara Period and the ancient capital, Heijo-kyo In 710, the capital in Asuka Period was moved to Nara. It was the end of Asuka Period and the start of the completely different time. The new capital was named as Heijo-kyo(平城京). And the leaders at that time planned to imitate the regime of China. So they made Heijo-kyo resembled Chang’an.       In 630, the Japanese Imperial Court sent an envoy to Tang Dynasty China before the moving to Heijo-kyo. Due to the diverse cultures from China and other countries flew into Japan. At the era of Emperor Shomu(聖武天皇), the influence of other countries caused a new culture, Tenpyo Culture(天平文化).             Read more about Japanese culture in Nara Period. The Tenpyo Culture[…]

Horyuji temple. Nara World Heritage Site.

Asuka Period and it’s culture

What’s Asuka Period?   The term of ancient Asuka Period began in 592 and ended in 710. “Asuka” is the southern area of Nara Prefecture.         In this period, Buddhism was the most essencial things of the culture. With Buddha statue, the religion had  already came to Japan in the middle of 6th. And the two powerful family, Soga clan(蘇我氏) and Mononobe clan(物部氏) fought with each other whether accepting it or not.     Shotoku Taishi       Shotoku Taishi(聖徳太子) and Soga clan supported Buddhism and Mononobe clan was opposed to. In 587, when Shotoku Taishi was therteen years old, he and Soga clan beat Mononobe clan. It directed Read more about Asuka Period and it’s culture[…]

Rooster and Hydrangeas Ito Jakuchu

Rooster and Hen with Hydrangeas by Ito Jakuchu

  “Rooster and Hen with Hydrangeas” “Rooster and Hen with Hydrangeas” was drawn in 1759. At that time, Ito Jakuchu left off his businesses and begun to concentrate on painting when he was in the forties. Based on observation in his life, he drew the world of imagination with a delicate brushwork.   Using a first-class subject matter for a painting in the 18th century abundantly, the paint shows a rooster and a hen under the hydrangeas, by the azaleas and the roses. The color of the male chicken on the left side is very vivid that is a contrast to the quiet tone for the female on the right Read more about Rooster and Hen with Hydrangeas by Ito Jakuchu[…]