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The Arts of Japan

Larger-than-life calligraphy, giant bamboo weaving, and robots both real and toy... experience the vibrant diversity of the arts across Japan.

Grade 5 Lesson
Students can gain an understanding of how Gyotaku reflects a part of Japanese history
Grades 9-12 Lesson
Students will look beyond the basics of haiku poetry and focus on the content of the haiku
Grades 9-12 Lesson
This lesson explores the history and evolution of the Japanese woodblock print
Grades 9-12 Lesson
Students learn about the history, theatrical elements, music, dance and costuming of Noh Plays
Grades 3-4 Lesson
This lesson will introduce students to the Japanese poetic form called haiku
Flash Interactive
This interactive features a comprehensive study of the arts and culture of Japan
Video Series
Learn about some of the major art forms in Japan—art, theater, dance, music, manga, anime, robots, and visual art installations
Video Series
Matt Alt explains the art and history of Japanese jumbo machinder toys
Video
Japan's robots are at once amazing works of art and fantastic feats of engineering
Video
A festive Otsukimi (Japanese moon-viewing) by shodo performing artist Koji Kakinuma
Video
Calligraphy artist Koji Kakinuma presents one of his trademark innovations, Trancework
Video
Maywa Denki is a performance art troupe with a unique style
Video
Oki is the world's most prominent performer of the tonkori the only stringed instrument in the Karafuto Ainu musical tradition
Video
Shigeo Kawashima's sculptures take bamboo as an artistic medium to a new level
Video
Shin Tanaka is a Japanese artist, graffiti writer, paper toy creator, and designer
Video
Architect Tadao Ando explores sustainability and the environment
This Day in the Arts
March 23, 1910: Akira Kurosawa is born in Tokyo, Japan
This Day in the Arts
April 12, 1945: The first anime film is released
This Day in the Arts
May 10, 1940: Daisuke Inouye is born in Osaka, Japan
This Day in the Arts
July 07, 1901: Costume designer Eiji Tsuburaya is born in Sugakawa City, Japan
This Day in the Arts
September 23, 1889: Nintendo is founded
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