Course code MākZ1116
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Credit points, number of lectures
Credit points ECTS Credit points Total number of auditorium hours Number of lecture hours Number of seminars and practical work hours Number of student independent work hours
2 3 32 2 30 48
E-courses MākZ1116: History of Japanese Art
Course annotation The course will give introduction to the history of Japanese art, beginning with the prehistorical period till the middle of the 20th century.. A brief account of each period's characteristical artworks and artists will help students to understand the course of development of the Japanese arts and give an outline of Japanese aesthetics.


Course responsible lecturer Jānis Priede
Results Students will gain knowledge in different aspects of Japanese culture, improve research, presentation giving skills. Will learn to analyze, compare and clearly express their opinion.


Course plan 1.Introduction in the art history of Japan. L2 hours
2.Beginnings of Japanese culture. Ancient Myths. Shinto. Yayoi and Jōmon cultures. Dotaku. Ceramics. Japan in Kofun period. S2 hours
3. Japanese culture in Asuka period. S2 hours
4.Japan in Nara period. Buddhist art. S2 hours
5.Capital and province in Heian period Japan. S2 hours
6.Aristocratic court culture during the reign of Fujiwaras. Textile art. S2 hours
7.Kamakura bakufu. E-maki picture scrolls. S2 hours
8.Kitayama culture. Gunki and Nō theatre. S2 hours
9.The role of Zen Buddhism in Muromachi period culture. Tea ceremony. Ink painting, calligraphy, ceramics. S2 hours
10.Azuchi-Momoyama period culture. Christianity in Japan. Nanban art. Rangaku. S2 hours
11.Edo bakufu. Confucianism in Edo period Japan. S2 hours
12.Edo popular culture. Kabuki theatre. Ukiyo-e. S2 hours
13.Meiji Restauration and modernization of Japan. S2 hours
14.Architecture in Meiji period. J.Conder and his students. S2 hours
15.Painting in Meiji period. Nihonga. Yōga. Zenga. Haiga. Bunjinga. S2 hours
16. Applied Arts in Meiji period. Ceramics, metalwork, textile art. S2 hours















Requirements for obtaining credit points Active participation in seminars 60%, written exam 40%.

Study programmes Asian Studies