Japanese Style Painter Nansei Sakagami
Japanese Style Painter Nansei Sakagami
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-by Teru Miyamoto
About Yamato-e
Yamato-e and me


About Yamato-e
Let's look at Japanese paintings, or "Yamato-e", as simply as possible.
The paintings of Japan developed under the influence of techniques brought from China. From the Nara Period (710-794) to the Heian Period (794-1185), the particular quality of Japanese-style painting gradually began to appear and was established as Yamato-e (classical Japanese painting).
It is similar to the concept of distinguishing poetry styles, Chinese poems defined as "Kan-shi" and Japanese poems as "Wa-ka".
After that, Yamato-e continued to develop in a creative way and planted its roots in the Japanese sense of beauty, which became their identity.

In the narrow sense, works called nihonga(Japanese paintings) are paintings done with traditional materials, techniques and form; they are painted with brushes and paints, such as India ink and mineral pigments like rock paints, on silk and Japanese paper. Nihonga come in various sizes and shapes. In addition to paper sliding doors, folding screens and square poetry paper being used as surfaces for painting, they are also painted in the form of picture scrolls.

Then, what do you think of when you say Yamato-e ?
Juni-hitoe (Twelve-layered ceremonial robe for ladies), Gosho-guruma (classic carriage), "Genji Monogatari" (The Tale of Genji), "Makura no so-shi" (Pillow Book), byo-bu-e (paintings on folding screens), Shoheki-ga (paintings on paperdoors), design motifs on objects in daily use, kimono, ougi (folding fans), motifs of the four seasons, combinations of Snow-Moon-Flowers and more. That is to say that Yamato-e is a sense of beauty built into the classic Japanese lifestyle.

Yamato-e, first started in the noble society in the ancient days, was
popular among the warrier class in the Edo epoch, and spread to the merchant class and ordinary people. It is a field of beauty which has national support.
by Nansei Sakagami
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