Japanese painting is the pictures which is made in accordance with traditional technich transmitted from ancient Japan.
After Meiji period, as the antonym of European style pictures, Japanese traditional style pictures are started to be called as Japanese paintings.
Before Meiji period, there were several schools like Kano-ha, Tosa-ha, Maruyama/shijo-ha, however currently, such division was removed and painters can express freely.
Recently, the difference between European paintings and Japanese paintings became foggy, and the materials such as natural pigments or glue became the evidence of Japanese paintings, and the pictures with such materials are called as Japanese paintings
Materials of Japanese painting
The origin of Japanese paintings was from China via the Korean Peninsula around 8th century, and established as Japanese original style around 10th century.
Till today, the method was not changed and transmitted.
Currently, there is several artificial mineral pigments, however on my works, I’m using natural mineral pigments as much as possible.
As the characteristic of Japanese painting, the work is very though and can be protected over 1000 years.