Japanese Art

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Japanese art stretches back to the ancient times. Japanese have so many different types of techniques that use when creating art.

Most people all over the world thought that origami started in Japan; but it actually started in China and spread to Japan in the sixth century. You can use any type of paper that is you can fold; but Japanese usually use washi(origami paper). Some origami can move in many shocking ways and that is called action origami. Modular origami is when you have many identical pieces and you put all of them into one big shape. Making the pieces are fairly easy but when it comes to forming a shape with them it's pretty hard or challenging however you want to put it. Pureland origami from what I've heard is extremely hard. You have to do one fold at a time, no reverse folds, all the folds have a special location. Many Japanese people use this technique called wet folding. The paper is damped, so when making the structure or model it will be easier. Then it dries and stays in shape for a long time.

The designs of the Japanese gardens are a big part of Japanese art. There are many different types of Japanese gardens. A shinden garden is mostly found in Kyoto,Japan. It is surrounded by a big pond, which most of the time is surrounding a house. Modern gardens most likely have stones, which they group in a triangle or just randomly placed around. The water is usually in a big pond, a waterfall, or a long stream. The water of a garden symbolizes purity. A strolling garden has a bridge or stepping songs going over a long river of water, a lantern, and usually a tea-house or a pavilion. Karesansui dry gardens has no water and a dry landscape. It is usually associated with Zen Buddhism.

Japanese sculptures are intensely unique. Bronze and wood Buddhist figures are called Suiko sculptures. There are two different styles of sculptures; Tori and Korean style. Example of Korean style is seen in the wooden figure of Kwannon. Example of tori style...
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