Chapter 8 Section 2
Visual Art, Architecture, &
Performing Arts in Japan
By Anaïs Teyton, Selena Ortega,
& Miharu Sugie
Japanese nobles of Heian wanted to be
surrounded by beauty & elegance.
They created a great center of learning and culture.
This period was called the golden age of the arts
and included fashion, literature, visual art,
architecture, and performing arts.
o Popular: painting, calligraphy, architecture
o Paintings - bright & bold colors
- represented scenes from
stories, nature, court life
- on paper doors & furniture,
- decorative writing
- Poems looked as beautiful as they
• Nobles wanted to make their city beautiful
• Copied Chinese architecture - greatly admired
- Heian city= model of Chang’an
• Building style: ends of wooden frame curved
upward, natural, airy feel
- Elegant gardens & ponds, still popular
- Performances - musicians, jugglers acrobats.
- Plays = actors mimicked people.
developed into drama called Noh
- Noh plays
1.combines music, speaking, dance
2. teaches about great heroes of Japan’s past.
Drama that developed from the Heian Period
Japan’s nobles created the golden age of
Next, Buddhism develops throughout
Japan, along with the nobles’ arts.