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Azuchi-momoyama Period Art

  • In this lesson, learn about a time of political unification in Japan: The Azuchi-Momoyama Period.
  • The development of the visual arts during this period was characterized by the vigorous patronage of two groups: the military leadership, who brought civil stability, and the merchant class, which formed the economic backbone of the revitalized urban centres.
  • The Azuchi-Momoyama period (安土桃山時代, azuchi momoyama jidai ), also called Momoyama Period, came at the end of the Sengoku period (Warring States period) in Japan, when the political unification that preceded the establishment of the Tokugawa shogunate took place.
  • Fujiwara art: In the Fujiwara period, Pure Land Buddhism, which offered easy salvation through belief in Amida (the Buddha of the Western Paradise), became popular.
  • History of Japan Paleolithic Jomon Yayoi Yamato period Kofun period Asuka period Nara period Heian period Kamakura period Muromachi period Azuchi-Momoyama period Nanban period Edo period Meiji period Taisho period Showa period Japanese expansionism Occupied Japan Post-Occupation Japan Heisei Following the end of the Allied occupation in 1952.
  • Russo-Japanese War VIII. Taisho Period (1912-1925) A. Period of Taisho Democracy - high point of liberalization B. Great Kanto earthquake stimulates rebuilding of Japan along modern lines C. Western influence on art and culture IX. Showa Period (1926-1989) A. Recession and impact of The Great Depression B. Red Hunt - loss of liberal gains of the 1920’s C. Backlash from western influence - growing conformity to tradition D. Growth of Japanese militarism: 1.

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