Most Japanese schools have classrooms connected by outdoor hallways.
Tomb painting of a red dancer.
The Jain religious tradition traces its origins to the first jina or conqueror, Adinatha, whose name means the original lord. Adinatha is accepted as the first of 24 tirthankaras, human beings who conquered desire and anger to reach a state of complete liberation. The 24 tirthankaras demonstrate that all beings have the potential to achieve liberation by following the path of absolute non-violence.
A photo of Chairman Mao in military uniform greeting Red Guards at the outset of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution.
The yaksha guardian, Matanga, sits on a grand elephant who has knelt to offer his back as a seat for the yaksha. The sculptor has placed a lotus bud in the trunk of the elephant to show his docile nature in the presence of this yaksha protector.
Image taken at the wedding ceremony of Prince Akihito and Shoda Michiko. The prince deviated from previous tradition in marrying a woman of his own choosing.
Photo of a view of the great wall through a portal as a guard would have viewed it.
Sepia-toned photo of snow-filled crevice in the Great Wall.
High-end rice cookers for sale in a department store.
A display of childrens books at a bookstore in a Tokyo department store.
Pocky, a very popular treat all around the world, was created in Japan.
Among Konoe Nobutada's masterpieces is this six-panel screen that includes a waka poem - energetically inscribed in oversized kana - surrounding a sensitively brushed ink painting of a cypress grove. Recent scholarship has attributed the painting to Hasegawa Tohaku, based on a stylistic comparison to the brushwork and artistic expression of his famous Pines in Mist. - John T Carpenter
The scroll, almost fifteen meters long, was designed to be viewed section by section. Delicate silver cranes dance across a golden shore, gliding through clouds of gold, sometimes in graceful formation, other times frolicking. The lavish gold and silver under painting, attributed to Tawaraya Sotatsu, captures the eye first, however it was not intended to be viewed as a self-sustaining composition, but rather as a background to highlight the darlky inked strokes created by the calligrapher's brush. Boldly inscribed by Hon'ami Koetsu in his distinctive calligraphic style, the texts include famous court verses, one by each of the Thirty-six Immortal Poets 0 famous poets of ancient Japan. - from text by John Carpenter.
Li Hongzhang, one of the prominent ministers under Prince Gong during the late Qing Dynasty, concerned with provincial reform; also assigned to go to Japan and negotiate with the victors there after the victorious maneuver on the part of the Japanese in Shandong, 1895.
Late 17th - early 18th century work produced at the official Nabeshima clan kiln in present-day Saga Prefecture.
A blend of Western and Japanese style clocks for sale at a general store.
Bronze vessel dating to the 16th-17th centuries, copying an archaic vessel. The surface is artificially patinated to give it the appearance of old age, and colored surface accretions are visible.
Portrait of General Charles "Chinese" Gordon, dressed here in robes presented by the Emperor, who led the Chinese army to victory against the Taipings.
Expressing anti-American sentiment, American flags were painted on sidewalks to be trampled and defiled during WWII.
Portrait of Qiu Jin, a "spirited radical" woman and supporter of Sun Yat-sen's Revolutionary Alliance.
In the Heian period, the fragrance of aromatic wood was enjoyed by members of court society. The appreciation of incense became formalized in the Muromachi period, and many varieties of monko, literally listening to the incense" were established. Throughout the Edo period, enthusiasts of this widely popular game included members of the warrior class. This set of incense utensils is decorated with such plants and flowers as bush clover, chrysanthemum, peony, camelia, iris, and bamboo arranged in circular motifs in slightly raised gold takamaki-e lacquer." - Suzuki Norio
Bundai (writing table) and suzuribako (writing utensil box) decorated with a combination of bamboo, paulownia, and the phoenix. The background is done using a technique known as nashiji, similar in appearance to the skin of the nashi, or Japanese pear, in which metal flakes are suspended in lacquer.
A lacquer likeness of Mt. Fuji at a Fuji shrine
Photo of window looking out onto a section of Suzhou's beautiful gardens, dating to the Ming dynasty.
Buddhist monks with novice at the turn of the century.