The history of Japanese kimono clothing

The history of kimono, traditional Japanese clothing Most of the today’s Japanese people live in Western style clothing. But traditional Japanese clothing(kimono) is treated as a dress at an important event including a wedding ceremony, and young people who wear yukata in summer increase recently.   The prototype of the current kimono can be found in Heian Period of about 1200 years ago. Then people have used various fabrics, patterns, and colors for the clothing. Kimono used advanced technology and materials became an area of Japanese art.   Let’s go back to the ancient times before the establishment of the kimono and look at the history of Japanese clothing.   Related Post   Jomon Period,Yayoi Read more about The history of Japanese kimono clothing[…]

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 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[…]