There are so many different aspects to Japanese art. These include pottery, calligraphy, origami and manga. Some of these are older types of art than others and it is estimated that there are examples of art in Japan that date back to 10,000 BC.
There have been times when the Japanese have had little contact with the outside world. This means that they have been able to develop a very unique style with their art, although this does not mean that there have not been times when they have been influenced by art from other parts of the world such as China and other parts of Asia.
It was in the 7th and 8th centuries that the first complex art was created in Japan and it was connected to Buddhism. During the 9th century, the Japanese style began to develop as the country moved away from Chinese influences. At this time and until the end of the 15th century, secular and religious arts were strong but religion became less important after this time and it was secular arts that were stronger.
Most artists prefer to paint. The skill of the artist is clear when you realise that the Japanese used to use a brush to write with until recent years. They had a stronger understanding of art as a result. One of the artistic techniques that became popular was the woodblock printing that developed in the Edo period. Colourful prints were produced using this technique and at this time sculpture was less popular. One of the reasons for this is that sculpture in Japan is often associated with religion. As religion played a smaller part in people’s lives, the popularity of different types of arts waned.
Ceramics produced in Japan are considered to be excellent quality and some of the earliest artefacts from Japan are ceramic.