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Horyuji Kondo (Golden Hall)- ca. 680
The temple is located outside Nara, Japan and provides a site of worship, prayer, and houses major sculptural icons.The builders of this temple used ceramic tiles as roofing material. The main pillars of the temple decrease in diameter from bottom to top and tapering provides an effective transition between the brackets above and the colums' stout forms.
(Nicole Swisher)

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Triad of Yakushi - 8th Century
The Triad of Yakushi shows how Japan had more direct relations with Korea and China during the eight century. The closer relations with China and Korea shortened the time lag between their ideas and Japan adopting them. In these sculptures, the artist chose to portray their sculptures with greater anatomical definition and shape. These Bodhisattvas revealing drapery and stylistic features can be traced through China and back to India.
(Davis Phillips)

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Pheonix Hall (1053)
Pheonix Hall was built in the Heian period. It is called Pheonix Hall simply because that is the shape of the building. It also resembles the Buddha's palace design. Pheonix Hall was built in memory of Michinaga, Yotimichi's father, which explains why it was built on the grounds if Michinaga's summer villa at Uji.
-Cody Taflinger

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"Amida Descending Over the Mountains" 13th Century
This hanging scroll shows the narrative art of the Kamakura period, where the saving power of Amida was still emphasized in Pure Land Buddhism.The huge Amida moves directly towards the viewer. Two bodhisattvas seem to have already made their journey and have been saved. This scene has often been hung in the presence of dying people, who would recite Amida's name to ensure salvation.
(Jessica Rances)

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"Broken-Ink Landscape"
Toyo Sesshu 1495
This painting is a hanging scroll and was painted in the broken ink style which is a technique zen monks used. The figures were made used broad, rapid strokes. It seems that the paining is spontaneous, but under control.There are images of mountains and trees. There is also a boat down in the bottom right corner. The painting is not completely monochrome with red up in the top left corner.
(Peyton Fowler)



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Taian Teahouse ca. 1582
The teahouse was designed under Sen no Rikyu. The dark walls, dimness, and tiny size produce a feeling of imtimacy. The tatami is a thick straw mat. Instead of sitting on chairs, you sit on the tatami. The tokonoma is the alcove where you hang scrolls in the teahouse. When you enter the teahouse through a garden, you are required to take off your shoes. When someone enters the teahouse, you enter through a small door which represents your humble spirit.
(Erin Golotko)

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ca.1765 Edo period. Woodblock print
Suzuki Harunobu, Evening Bell at the clock, from the Eight views of the parlor series
It focuses on a particular time of the year, beautiful young women and the activities occupy the subject.
In the painting two women are sitting on a veranda , and one seems to be drying her self after a bath. The Japanese style
paintings seem very cartoonish and it has no perception, there is no depth.


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Great Wave of Kanagawa ---- Edo Period (1826-18-33)
The Great Wave of Kanagawa, painted by Katasushika Hokusai, belongs to a woodblock series called Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji. In this view the huge foreground wave dwarfs Mount Fuji in the background The contrast and the whitecaps' fingers magnify the wave's threatening aspect. The men in the boats dig their oars against the rough sea. This wood-block print draws on Western techniques and Japanese pictorial traditions. (Marcela Algave)
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