Japanese arts, crafts, art museums

Japanese arts and crafts, calligraphy, gardens, flower arts, Edo, Kyoto; a list of websites

Calligraphers *

Japanese calligraphers. Wikipedia entries.

Traditional Japanese Calligraphy
Traditional Japanese Calligraphy by Master Calligrapher Eri Takase.

Japanese Calligraphy Gallery, by Japanese calligrapher Wada Suien

Japanese Calligraphy. Shodo by Nadja Van Ghelue.

Contemporary Japanese art

Crafts *

Seealso: Flower Art below

Bonsai *

The Art of Bonsai Project
The Art of Bonsai Project is an effort to explore the aesthetic and artistic elements of bonsai, including technical composition, presentation.

Bonsai Wikipedia entry.

Embroidery *

Japanese Embroidery Center

Origami *

British Origami Society

Joseph Wu’s Origami Page

The Origami Forum

Origami USA

Origami World

Wikipedia entry on Origami.


Sushi Making. A detailed sushi guide, 
with animated flash illustrations to walk you through your first hand-made sushi. Also available is a wide variety of recipes for those whom the flavor of the simple classic sushi no longer satisfies.

Temari (handball)
is a folk craft born in ancient Japan from the desire to amuse and entertain children with a toy handball. Today, the thread wrapped balls are given as tokens of good luck and they are displayed and enjoyed as works of art.


a Russian site on the literature, great artists, the customs and the art and crafts of Japan.


Design Festa, Tokyo
An online events gallery of contemporary Japanese artists, designers, performers and film makers.


Edo *

Art of the Edo Period (1615–1868). Heilbrunn Timeline of Art

Edo period – Wikipedia

The Floating World of Edo Japan (article). Khan Academy

Edo Art in Japan. National Gallery of Art

Kabuki. Wikipedia

Kabuki Web
Shochiku Official Kabuki Website in English

Kabuki prints by Utagawa Kuniyoshi

The March 1849 production of Chūshingura at Edo Nakamura-za theater



The Japanese Embroidery Centre


Flower art in Japan *


The Art of Bonsai Project
The Art of Bonsai Project is an effort to explore the aesthetic and artistic elements of bonsai, including technical composition, presentation.

Bonsai Wikipedia entry.


Ikebana, Wikipedia entry.

Ikebana International

Ikebana Japan Guide

Nihonkoryu Ikebana School

Ikebana. Wikipedia
Ikebana (生け花, “arranged flower”) is the Japanese art of flower arrangement, also known as kadō (華道, the “way of flowers”).

Katsushika Hokusai and Japanese Art,
All about Hokusai, Japanese art, Japanese Waves painting.

Japanese Flowers
The art of floral arrangement in Japan.


Galleries, dealers *

See: Japanese art galleries, gallery directories.

Gardens *

Gardens of Japan Database

Paradise: The Gardens of Tokyo
A website by photographer Tim Porter features black and white photographs of the historic gardens of Tokyo.

The Japanese Garden Journal
This informative bi-monthly publication for anyone interested in Japanese gardens or the influence of Japanese aesthetics on contemporary garden design.

Japanese Gardens
The web site is dedicated to the gardens of Japan, and primarily to the historic gardens of Kyoto and its environs.

Japanese Gardens
An overview by Japan Guide.

Geisha *

Geisha. Traditional Geisha, glossary of terms, history. Japan Guide

Geisha Wikipedia entry.


Haiku. In the Moonlight a Worm. A Haiku reference site.
Zen and Haiku, interviews with Haiku poets, Haiku and metaphor.


Japan Artcom. A gallery for antique and modern Japanese art.
In German and Japanese. Brush and ink drawings and paintings.

Japanese art history *

Japanese art history. 
Japanese art, culture and Japanese influence on Western art.

Wikipedia entry on Japanese art.

Japanese Art.org.
A portal devoted to Japanese art, exhibitions, antiques, museums, events.

Japanese Embroidery Centre

Japanese Gallery, London 

Japan Society, New York

Journals *

Japan Times Online

Japan Today. Online news.

Nipponia Quarterly Web Magazine. Quarterly Web Magazine. Nippnia is a quarterly web magazine that introduces modern Japan to people all over the world.


Kimono Wikipedia entry.

Kyoto *

Kyoto’s 10 Must-See Contemporary Art Galleries. Culture Trip

National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto

Kyoto National Museum

Kyoto University of Art and Design

Kyoto Art Centre
Galleries for temporary exhibitions, events (art, theater, dance, music, etc.).

Raku Museum. Raku Pottery
The Raku Museum is the unique specialist museum of Raku ware exhibiting a collection of Raku pieces handed down by the Raku family, a ceramic dynasty of 450 years’ history and making further studies on this subject

Kyoto school (art). Wikipedia