Hokusai’s waterfalls ukiyo-e artworks and the art prints for sale

“A Tour of Japanese Waterfalls”(諸国瀧廻り) Just after the success of  <a title=”The print gallery of “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji” by Hokusai” href=”http://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/paintings/ukiyoe-wood-block-printing/katsushika-hokusai/thirty-six-views-of-mount-fuji-hokusai”>”Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji”</a>, popular <a title=”Ukiyo-e – Japanese prints: famous artists, history and for sale” href=”http://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/paintings/ukiyoe-wood-block-printing/ukiyoe”>ukiyo-e</a> artist among Edo people, <a title=”Katsushika Hokusai and his ukiyo-e artworks collection” href=”http://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/paintings/ukiyoe-wood-block-printing/katsushika-hokusai/hokusai-life-paintings”><strong>Katsushika Hokusai </strong>(1760-1849)</a> produced the famous waterfalls ukiyo-e series “A Tour of Japanese Waterfalls” from 1833 to 1837. When he drew the pitcures, he used the name of “former Hokusai and Iitsu” for the signature. Because he give Hokusai to his disciple and took new name Iitsu(為一). In the prints series, he showed the eight famous falls in Japan. They depict not only the place of scenic Read more about Hokusai’s waterfalls ukiyo-e artworks and the art prints for sale[…]

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Myoo(Vidyā-rāja) of Japanese Buddha statue

Unlike other Buddha statue, Myoo express rage on the face. Because the gods follow the order of Dainichi-nyorai to make people who deny Buddhism submit and believe in. In addition to the expression, they have dynamic power with a roaring fire and various weapons. Sponsored Links   As the connection to Dainichi-nyorai, we can’t find the position of Myoo except in esoteric Buddhism. “Myo”(明) means mantra and the other”O”(王)  represents king.         Sponsored Links   Sponsored Links Back to the page of Buddha statue

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[…]

Buddhist temples in Kyoto/ World Heritage

  Kyoto, one of the most traditional and historical cities in Japan, attracts more than 80 million people in a year. The city had assumed a role of an  administrative function since 794. With the beginning of Heian Period, many people moved from Nara(Heijo-kyo) to Kyoto(Heian-kyo, 平安京) and from that time, they built temples in the new capital.   Sponsored Links     Click!   Many Buddhism sects and temples had been established and some of them became to have a great influence on people and the leaders. The monks occationally took up arms for protesting the governments when they felt so dissatisfied with the policies.   But the temples in Kyoto as much as Nara faced Read more about Buddhist temples in Kyoto/ World Heritage[…]

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The physical features of Buddha

  There are some arguments when Buddha was born and dead. His birth is thought as from B.C. 7th to B.C. 5 and it is said he died at eighty. After his passing away, people had worshiped his bones, stupa(tomb), and footprints as a religious object for decades. Beefing up as a religion,  the leaders of Buddhism designed new things of an idol,  for replacing Buddha’s belongings. That was the origin of Buddha statue.     But most of them didn’t know his physical feature as time had too much gone by and made up Buddha statue with idealization and imagination. In the process, they decided the thirty-two big and the eighty Read more about The physical features of Buddha[…]

Bosatsu (Bodhisattva) of Japanese Buddha statue

  A Buddha statue of Bosatsu  represents a figure of Buddha when he sought enlightenment. In Sanskrit language, Bosatsu is called as “Bodhisattvaa“. Sponsored Links     “Bodhi” means enlightenment and “sattvaa” is who lives. He is in the stage of trainning to be Nyorai who achieves it. Because he had been a prince of a royal family in ancient India, he had worn many accessories.   Nyorai(Tathāgata) for Japanese Buddha statue         Sponsored Links       Back to the page of Buddha statue

Buddhist temples in Nara. World Heritage

In the early history of Japan, Nara prefecture was the center of the politics, the culture and the economy in Yamato Period, Asuka Period and Nara Period. Japanese people just believed their animism, the origine of “Shinto”(神道) until Asuka Period.     It is said that Seong of Baekje, the ancient king of the  country in Korean Peninsula, presented the Buddha statue and the satras for Emperor Kimmei in 552.(learn about Buddha statue)   After the conflict between the pros and cons for the accepting of it, Buddhism was settled as a state religion since then. That is the reason there are many old Buddha temples in Nara.  There are seven Read more about Buddhist temples in Nara. World Heritage[…]

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[…]

Murouji Temple, five stories

Japanese temples and shrines

    The number of the temples in Japan is about 76,000 and that of the shrines is about 80,000. Coming to Japan, you can see the temples and the shrines everywhere even if you travel Kyoto, Nara, or Kamakura.    Today, few Japanese deeply devot to a specific religion. But Buddhism and Shinto has take rooted in their lifestyle. So they visit the temples and shrines in various events, including new year, wedding and funeral. Of course for sightseeing. And people pray for their good health, bumper crops, or descendants in prosperity.   Japanese traditional architectures, especially the temples, are seen as one of the streams of Chinese. But they are Read more about Japanese temples and shrines[…]