The topic of beauty and the main characters in this book help communicate that through the course of The Samurai’s Garden, Tsukiyama uses Sachi’s experiences in her garden and her “forceful” banishment to Yamaguchi to exhibit the idea that beauty can be found in the most unexpected places, however, for one to notice it, they must be able to understand inner beauty and its precedence of importance over physical
Silence or Art? Art can be defined as “The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power” (Oxford Dictionary). Art can be found almost anywhere and everywhere at the exact same time. Whether it’s in a scenic setting, in melodic music, or even in the simplest of paintings, art’s been prevalent all throughout history and is even found dating back to around 60,000 years ago. Artists create art for various reasons, whether it’s for entertainment or even as a form of expression.
This began the expansion of towns and businesses alongside roads. International trade had also become very common, as Ieyasu had issued ‘350 red-sealed permits for armed merchant ships destined for South-East Asian ports’ (Saldais M, Smith R, Taylor T, Young C, 2012). Ieyasu was also a strong believer in having a stronger emphasis on education. He had organised several free of cost Buddhist schools throughout Edo, teaching the faith that he very strongly believed in.
- The sengoku jidai was a time of growing culture and strong economics - The shoguns used their wealth to patronise the arts, build large palaces and temples, and sponsoring large presentations - Poetry and painting flourished because it was influenced by Zen Buddhism - As did landscaping and the tea
Another painting made at the same time, Portrait d’une femme haïtienne (1787), does not provide a clue to the painter 's place of residence. The context of this painting breaks the Western tradition of the oil portrait, where the model is a slave, and the painter is most likely its owner. The exposure of the breast in the Portrait of a Haitian woman is used by the white master to probably display the reproductive potential of his black slave, which is a crucial parameter of the economic value of his "good." Female models of the wealthy class would not have been represented in this
Japan’s rich history of power, wealth, and influence had many remarkable eras. One of the more notable periods in Japanese history was that of the Tokugawa Period (1600-1868). The Tokugawa Period was talked about in Musui’s Story, an autobiographical book, written by Kokichi Katsu. (Katsu ix) Katsu wrote Musui’s Story for three main reasons: to share how he had transformed from a low-ranking samurai to a well-known hero, to show his sense of self, and to serve as a cautionary tale for his descendants.
For many years art has been a method artist 's have used in order to express themselves, and all of their feelings, experiences, and passions. Thus art tells a story, it tells the story of the artist that created it,, which mostly always relates to a vast majority and can be relevant for hundreds, or even thousands of years to come. This is exactly the case when it comes to Hans Baldung Grien’s art piece titled “The 3 Ages of Death” created in 1509-1510. Grien’s piece shows three females of three completely different ages; a child, a young women, and a elderly women.
In Thomas D. Peacock’s “Gekinoo’amaagejig,” he talks about Deacon Kingship and how he relates to the community. That he fact that he has down syndrome does not mean he cannot play a role in the community. Peacock also talks about Native culture and his fear about the next generation being passed down the traditional Ojibwe language. I find it interesting how he mentioned that the language it what makes defines natives (59). That without the language that apart of themselves would be lost forever.
Ihara Saikaku’s novella, Life of a Sensuous Woman, reveals several unpleasant truths present in the Tokugawa period through the tales of the nameless woman. Many of these revelations show how the allegedly ‘polite’ society is not the ideal that many revere it to be; instead it is often riddled with deception and moral decay. In the opening chapter, “An Old Woman’s Hermitage,” Saikaku introduces the old woman to the reader through two young men. They see her as placid and elegant in her old age, and she explains that she doesn’t maintain relations to others very well for she does not wish “to stay in the world” (594).
Morgan Pitelka’s article “The Empire of Things: Tokugawa Ieyasu's Material Legacy and Cultural Profile” is a piece which allows the reader to engage in an intellectually stimulating discussion about the material legacy of Tokugawa Ieyasu. This particular article paints Ieyasu in a positive light due to the fact that the cultural profile created is done so mainly through the use of a single source. Pitelka’s article discusses the life and legacy of Tokugawa Ieyasu. The article itself paints Ieyasu in a positive light due to the nature of the source used to create a cultural profile of the shogun.
The beauty in this era covered was a wide range of years, allowing different influences to develop. Women were praised for their natural features and body types. The ideal woman was that on the more voluptuous side, paintings from the Renaissance period often focused on women who would today be considered overweight. Her bust would appear full of no signs of bones. The ideal female would also have pale skin, unlike the tanned look that is popular in our modern day.
We meet the EDO period known as Tokuwaga period as well, in the history of Japan which lasted for about 265 years starting in 1603 and ending in 1868. To commence with, the EDO age took place when the Japanese nation was dominated by the rule of Edo Bakufu. This particular period was determined by the significant economic development that had occurred during it. In addition, it appeared to be a very stringent social order, an innovative environmental protection policy and a growing interest in pop culture. It was given an end after the Meiji Restoration.
The 1808 painting The Valpincon Bather by Ingres, is said to be “controversial”(oil painting techniques). At first glance, one may only see the back of a nude woman. If one looked closer there is a lot of different types of elements of composition. From the curtains, to the tassels it all plays a role.
This painting is supposed to portray two teen lovers “The painting captures a perfectly frozen moment in time; two lovers caught by the spectator in the act of stealing a furtive kiss while no-one else is looking,” (Artble, 2016). The flirtatious young maiden is leaning in for a kiss while simultaneously looking back towards the party to ensure no-one is looking. The maiden was painted with such fashion and detail in her outfit. The main focus of the painting is the women and her facial expressions discerning the illicit action. Starting by glancing at the two lovers while they share a kiss, her beautiful dress catches the viewer’s eyes and wonder downward in a diagonal line.