From Shinto shrines and Buddhist gardens to the images of Hiroshige and Mariko Mori.
300 - 552 C.E.
Kofun are large, mound tombs, and the source of much of the art of this early period.
710 - 794
During this short period, the Japanese court established its first permanent capital, and adopted Buddhism as its official religion.
1185 - 1333
The Kamakura period marked the beginning of feudal Japan and the samurai caste.
1392 - 1573
This period of intense social and political conflict gave rise to innovative artistic traditions.
1615 - 1868
Even within this strict feudal system, Japan saw the rise of arts that catered to merchants and intellectuals.
1900 - present
Japanese artists are still responding to their artistic traditions, but now using the techniques of the modern world.
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From Buddhist temples to woodblock prints, ceramics to scrolls.