Since many centuries, Japan fascinates with its arts and crafts, including art forms such as ikebana, tea ceremony, ink painting and calligraphy, which many today perceive as typically Japanese. They often owe their emergence or development to Buddhism, which reached Japan via the Korean peninsula at the latest from the 6th century and brought with it far more than Buddhist teachings and Chinese characters.

Particularly influential was the Buddhist school of Zen Buddhism, which found its way into Japan from the 12th century onwards. It soon enjoyed great popularity, especially among the warrior nobility, and shaped many areas of Japanese life.

In the future, you will find short articles on traditional Japanese arts here – continuously updated – as well as information on corresponding events at the EKŌ Center. (For painting, architecture, garden art, crafts, etc. see Fine Arts)



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