Interested in studying 'Art & Design' in Japan?
Beautiful images have a special place in human society. It could be one of the defining characteristics of humans itself. We love aesthetically pleasing view. We love mountains under the blue sky and we love when we see a waterfall amidst a crisp green collage of nature. Here I would like to present a case study of one of the most interesting designers, ancient and modern - The Japanese.
India, China and Japan are the largest contributors to eastern culture. Though we can find a great deal of similarities, all three countries have their own unique expression. For contrast, lets consider Indian design philosophy. India has the most intricately crafted stone goddesses and dancers. The beauty lies in meticulous detailing of the Gods and their sanctum. The temples are in geometrically correct stances. The design is in perfect angles, full of devotion and a grand presentation. We can see this design in Indian folk art and festivals. Mehendis, sarees and jewelry all carry the ancient Indian design pattern.
Indian design can be in the form of motifs with its repetitive patterns engulfing smaller and more intricate patterns. The design is symmetric and beautifully engraved for more than life like depiction. The design is archetypical and endorses the shakti that lies in the universe. The art was heavily influenced by the kings and powerful, as they built most of it.
Japan, in contrast to Indian design is very minimal. The Japanese design is practical and suggestive. The Japanese life is filled with practicality over anything. They endorse the life we live here. The Japanese want to give grandeur to simple things of life and nature. The way Japanese build their house stands testimony for practical solutions that are simple yet fulfilling.
The Japanese art is famous world wide for its asymmetry. While Indian artwork makes use of patterns, the Japanese art is unique and beautifully irregular and usually contain contrasting imagery. This contrast helps is conveying a message through the art. The Japanese art is bright and filled with unique color schemes. They embrace bright natural colors and do not shy away from arbitrary looking position of subjects. This draws attention to a particular object while the environment sets the tone. They extensively use nature as a subject or create images between life and nature. The use of nature to create simple yet bright artwork speaks volumes. These nature inspired designs include the famous Japanese floral patterns, the sea life designs or a house backyard with beautiful garden.
The Japanese images of traditional houses with gardens is a sight to behold. The art is letting the nature take place in common life. It speaks a lot about how Japan thinks about its environment. The nature is irregular and asymmetric. The nature is bright and intimidating,yet minimal. The Japanese artwork is a montage to nature. The use of natural colors and images of nature can be found in households.
The Japanese are famous for their practicality. It is not necessarily just in their engineering. The Japanese art is more of a message with no words. The paintings are very suggestive in subliminal messaging. A major difference between Indian and Japanese design is that, the Japanese design is bottom up in the sense the craftsmen created the artwork. The craftsmen were not appointed by any Kings or authority to create art. This created a more honest representation of life in the form of art. The craftsmen tried and tested art with general public before any trend was created. Hence, art was not just pleasing for the eyes but also a message for the mind. Wouldn't you be overwhelmed yet pleased at the same time, for best opportunities to study 'Design & Art' in Japan.
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