Buddhist temples and gardens of astounding beauty, and museums filled with national treasures.
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Learn about floating worlds and the art of the literati from Japan's Edo period.
Learn about tea-ceremonies, opulent palaces, and splashed-ink paintings from Japan's Kamakura to Azuchi-Momoyama periods.
Learn about Japan's modern cityscapes, art in a time of peace, and the dawn of a new era.
Learn about Japan's famous haniwa, tales from behind palace walls, and enormous wooden buddhas.
Shōsōin repository held nine thousand artifacts from China, Southeast Asia, Iran, and the Middle East—connecting ancient Japan to the cultural trade of the Eurasian continent.
This atmospheric space awakens the eye, heightens the senses, and prepares the path for enlightenment.
Zheng’s precise calligraphic strokes lend vitality and movement to these delicate flowers. But are they rootless?
Combining metallic curls with mottled color, Kôrin’s screens capture the pulsing vitality of early spring.
These expressive funerary objects evolved from simple clay cylinders into animal, human, and building forms.
This massive temple was built to impress—twice. Its monumental timber frame required a veritable cypress forest.