Ancient Japanese Art
• Emakimono (known
as “Emaki”): This style
of Japanese art dates
back to the 1100s.
One unfolded the
scroll from right to
left; one would unfold
an illustration and
then read a narrative
to the left. However,
were published on
paper, we have very
few samples left
Modern Japanese Art = Anime
• The term anime - sometimes called “Japanimation” - refers
to the tradition of Japanese animation that is recognized by
its artistic quality and the artistic conventions anime artists
use. Typically anime characters have overly exaggerated
features. One example of this is the use of child-like, large
• Director Hayao Miyazaki is a critically acclaimed animated film director.
• The success of his films has caused people to call him the Japanese Walt Disney.
• Miyazaki is an incredible anime artist and director because he uses traditional
animation throughout the animation process, though computer-generated imagery was
employed starting with Princess Mononoke to give "a little boost of elegance“ and to
meet the release deadline.
•In an interview Miyazaki said "it's very important for me to retain the right ratio between
working by hand and computer. I have learnt that balance now, how to use both and still
be able to call my films 2D."
• However, in his 2008 film Ponyo, Miyazaki went back to traditional hand-drawn
animation for everything, saying "hand drawing on paper is the fundamental of
•Studio Ghibli's computer animation department was dissolved before production on
Ponyo was started, and Miyazaki has decided to stick to hand drawn animation.
Youtube Link for the trailer to:
• My Neighbor Totoro
• Manga: This is the Japanese word for comics or
print cartoons. Literally translated, it means
“random or whimsical pictures”.
• Cultural Importance of Manga: Though roughly
equivalent to the American comic book, manga
holds more importance in Japanese culture than
comics do in American culture. In economic
terms, weekly sales of comics in Japan exceed the
entire annual output of the American comic
• Example: Manga
• Traditional Reading
one ichi (eechy)
two ni (knee)
three san (as it sounds)
shi / yon (she /
five go (as it sounds)
six roku (row-koo)
seven shichi (she-chee)
eight hachi (ha-chee)
nine kyu (koo)
ten ju (joo)
Japanese Capsule Hotel
• Japanese Capsule Hotel:
Hotels that rent sleeping
capsules make good use
of scarce space in
crowded cities. Each
capsule has a mattress,
a television with
headphones and a clock.
Capsule hotels have
areas, and public
lounges where guests
can meet and mingle
until ready for bed.
Japanese Street Fashion
• Japan began to emulate Western Fashion during the
middle of the 19th century. By the beginning of the
21st century it had altered into what is known today as
• The term 'Street Fashion' is used to describe fashion
where the wearer personally customizes the outfits by
adopting a mixture of current and traditional trends.
Such clothes are generally home-made with the use of
material bought from the stores.
• At present there are many styles of dress in Japan,
created from a mix of both local and foreign labels.
Some of these styles are extreme and avant-garde.
Japanese Street Fashion
• The Japanese word for chopsticks is hashi,
which means "bridge". Unlike Chinese
chopsticks, which are squared-off and blunt at
the end, these Japanese utensils are rounded
and tapered to a point at the end (and much
more difficult to use). It has been suggested
that this is in order to facilitate the removal of
bones from fish, which makes up a great part
of the Japanese diet.
Eating with Chopsticks: Bad Manners
• Mayoi-bashi: Mayoi means "dithering". It is bad manners to wave
your chopsticks around aimlessly over the food, trying to decide
what to take next.
• Saguri-bashi: Looking for contents in a soup with chopsticks.
• Sashi-bashi: Sashi means "inserting". It is bad manners to spear
food with the points of the chopsticks as if they were a fork.
• Yoko-bashi: Keeping chopsticks together and using them like
• Komi-bashi: Raking foods into one's already full mouth with
• Neburi-bashi: Licking the ends of chopsticks.
Eating with Chopsticks: Step 1
Eating with Chopsticks: Step 2
Eating with Chopsticks: CHALLENGE!
• Challenge: You are going to have a Chopstick
battle with your partner. Using proper
Chopstick etiquette, the first partner to put all
of the food in their cup WINS!