Japan is one of the world's most intriguing cultutres, with a history spanning thousands of years. The Te Papa exhibition Splendours of Japan tells the story of that history, using precious Japanese treasures from the Tokyo National Museum. These are objects rarely seen outside of Japan. In this publication, full-colour pictures reveal all 131 objects, while full captions give details about the materials and uses of each. Short essays in each themed section provide insight into important eras in the development of Japanese history, culture and daily life. Through these objects, readers will learn about ancient Japan and the early life of the first Japanese people dating from 3000BC, the Iron Age and the golden age of Buddhist art; (with its rare scrolls, artworks and statues) and the Edo period, or Japanese 'Enlightenment', which represented a high point of many Japanese art styles, including woodblock printing and Kabuki.
The book gives revealing views of the intricacies of Japanese life, such as the tea ceremony, noh theatre and calligraphy, and also Japanese military life (with exhibition pieces like armour, helmets, swords, blades, hilts and their mountings a particular highlight).show more