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Jomon Period

Japan Time Line Edo Period Momoyama Period Kamakura Heian Period Nara Period Asuka Period Kofun Period Yayoi Period Jomon Period

From This Period

Imaginary Portraits of Immortal Poets
Imaginary Portraits of Immortal Poets

Negoro lacquer footed bowl
Negoro lacquer footed bowl

Yamada Doan, Tiger and Dragon Screens
Yamada Doan, Tiger and Dragon Screens

Muromachi Period


Following the fall of the Kamakura military government, the Ashikaga family established a new military a regime in Kyoto. The Ashikaga shoguns were great patrons of the arts, and in many cases skilled artists themselves. They encouraged trade with China, and Japanese Zen monks who served as envoys brought back a wealth of Chinese art objects. Great Zen monasteries developed into intellectual and cultural centers. Monks who were amateur painters produced the first ink paintings in Japan, but professional artists quickly adopted the technique. Zen monks also transmitted the Chinese custom of drinking powdered tea, leading to the development of the Japanese tea ceremony.