Japan Music, Art, and Literature
~ Japan was a distinctive culture. ~ The imperial state used Chinese language imported culture in many of its entertainments and ceremonies.
~ In addition, preserved within the current repertory of Gagaku there are other native forms of song like Saibara and Roei and there is also the popular song form called Imayo.
~ Classical music was brought to Japan from the West.
~ Japanese often made art about nature or seasons. - Japan is famous for it’s origami - They often fold one thousand paper cranes to make your wish come true or to give it to sick people, since the crane is a symbol for longevity and peace
~Literature in Japanese history flourished at the start of the 1800s ~Japanese used the Chinese writing system until the 9th century `During the 9th century, they developed their own form of alphabet called “Kana” `Calligraphy in Japan started in the 600s
~Japanese calligraphy include three common styles: ~Kaisho, Gyosho and Sysho ~Kaisho: Square Style ~Gyosho: Semi Cursive Style ~Sysho: Cursive Style ~Japanese often wrote Haikus such as Kojiki or Haikus ~One of the first novels written in Japan were written by Lady Murasaki Shikibu