"Superflat" is used by Murakami to refer to various flattened forms in Japanese graphic art, animation, pop culture and fine arts, as well as the "shallow emptiness of Japanese consumer culture."
Looking back at the early period [in its eighteen year existence] it seems rare to find an example of a group which functioned as well together as did Gutai.
Monozukuri is not mindless repetition; it requires creative minds and is often related to craftsmanship which can be earned through lengthy apprenticeship practice. In that sense, monozukuri is an art rather than science, although science and engineering play an important role in monozukuri.
This concept has been fundamental to many Japanese aesthetic ideals, "arts," and other cultural elements.
Geidō (芸道, accomplishment in arts) refers to the way of the traditional Japanese arts: Noh (能, theater), kadō (華道, flower arrangement), shodō (書道, calligraphy), and Sadō (茶道, tea ceremony). All of these ways carry an ethical and aesthetic connotation and appreciate the process of creation.
The Jōmon pottery were distinguished themselves form contemporaneous any other vessels in the world; an artistic interest of Jōmon Japanese overwhelmed a practical utility.
The Kyoto nobility in the Heian period developed a society devoted to elegant aesthetic pursuits.
During the period under the Muromachi or Ashikaga shogunate rule, a profound change took place in Japanese culture.
A parvenu Toyotomi Hideyoshi constructed a fabulous portable tea room, covered with gold leaf and lined inside with red gossamer.
In the Edo period, a style of woodblock prints called ukiyo-e became a major art form and its techniques were fine tuned to produce colorful prints.
The introduction of Western cultural values led to a dichotomy in Japanese art, as well as in nearly every other aspect of culture, between traditional values and attempts to duplicate and assimilate a variety of clashing new ideas.
This site provides high definition images of national treasures and important cultural properties owned by four national museums (Tokyo National Museum, Kyoto National Museum, Nara National Museum and Kyushu National Museum) that belong to the National Institutes for Cultural Heritage, together with their descriptions in multiple languages (Japanese, English, French, Chinese and Korean).