An introduction to Korean Confucianism and related architecture.
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An introduction to Zen, a form of Buddhism that emphasizes seeking one's own Buddha nature through meditation.
The Japanese phrase Chanoyu, translated literally as “hot water for tea,” refers to the tradition of preparing and serving powdered green tea in a highly stylized manner. Learn more about this tradition.
Students will view representations of literary epics, read related excerpts, and discuss how those scenes exemplify the code of the samurai.
Scholars often refer to the Tang (618–906) and Song (960–1279) dynasties as the "medieval" period of China. The civilizations of the Tang (618–906) and Song (960–1279) dynasties of China were among the most advanced civilizations in the world at the time. Discoveries in the realms of science, art, philosophy, and technology—combined with a curiosity about the world around them—provided the men and women of this period with a worldview and level of sophistication that in many ways were unrivaled until much later times, even in China itself.
Students will be able to identify, compare and contrast images of traditional Japanese woodblock prints. They will then create their own simulated woodblock prints.
In China, painting and writing developed hand in hand, sharing the same tools and techniques.
Students will discuss the ways in which spiritual belief supported and enhanced the military function and cultural values of the samurai. They will experience this practice through an ink painting activity.
Learn about some of the most prolific archaeological sites in China, including the burial complex of the First Emperor and Sanxingdui.
Students will complete a map of Japan, identify how its proximity to China and Korea influenced samurai culture, and discuss how its geography informed governing policies.