World of Japanese Art (8 Weeks) (WJA101)

Saturday 15:00-17:20
Tokyo (Maps & Directions)
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If you've ever been to a Japanese art museum and found yourself fascinated by Japanese art, and perhaps even wondered about the characteristics and historical background that make it unique, this course is for you! This eight-session course will take you on a chronological journey of the development of Japanese art from the Edo period (1603-1868) to the present through a dynamic combination of museum tours and classroom lectures. It offers a comparative study of feudal and contemporary art traditions, covering a wide range of Japanese art traditions, including the art of kabuki, tea ceremony, and ukiyo-e woodblock prints. You will investigate the links between Japanese art and popular culture, including a session where you will not only view masterful woodblock prints (ukiyo-e) from the Edo period, but you will also learn the process of creating these woodblocks. As part of our study of the traditional arts, you will visit an antique shop to learn first-hand tips about the handling, appreciation, and display of fine Japanese art. Finally, we will round out our overview of the Japanese arts with an introduction to new art traditions of contemporary artists.

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