more sophisticated pottery-producing techniques were introduced from China, and feudal lords and aristocrats began to place great value on ceramic items as household ornaments and works of art. Porcelain-producing techniques were introduced from Korea and were used to develop original Japanese ceramic techniques closely associated with the needs of Japan’s traditional tea ceremony and flower arranging arts. In this programme we introduce the history of Japanese ceramics and many great works from the past and also demonstrate the methods being used today to produce fine pottery and porcelain all over Japan.
T.J.C-8 Japanese Arts and Crafts (20 min.)
80% of Japan’s land surface is covered with trees, so it is perhaps not surprising that a full woodworking culture was developed to use those rich resources. Traditonal woodworking techniques make full use of Japanese manual dexterity and demonstrate several unique
The same techniques are still being used today to produce a huge variety of items, ranging from untensils
for everyday life, such as bowls and wooden trays, to artistic handicrafts using lacquer.
Washi traditional Japanese
paper was also demonstrates the skills used to produce traditional kokeshi dolls and Japanese washi paper.
T.J.C-9 Japanese Architecture (20 min.)
Traditional Japanese architecture made full use of the country’s rich resources of timber. been the main construction material used for all types of structures, including shrines mansions, castles, assembly halls and ordinary houses.
In fact, wood has always and temples, aristocratic
One major feature of Japanese architecture is the skilful and beautiful way beams are inter-locked. This not only increases the structural strength but also enhances the beauty of the building’s appearance, for example the eaves.
Various types of wood are also used for room interiors. This programme traces the history of Japanese architecture, introducing the world’s oldest surviving structure and various buildings regarded as architectural masterpieces and demonstrates the exquisite
It also focuses on the making of several important traditional interior
original Japanese type of flooring; shoji sliding wood-latticed fusuma sliding doors which are used to partition rooms.
elements:tatami mats, also serve as skylights;