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Art and Architecture of Buddhism in Japan

Art and Architecture of Buddhism in Japan

Author: Erin Aldana
This lesson will explore the influence of Buddhism in Japanese art and architecture.
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Notes on "Art and Architecture of Buddhism in Japan"

Key Terms


The main hall in a Japanese Buddhist temple.

Heian period

Heian means peace and tranquility; a period from 794-1185 in Japanese history when Buddhism, Taoism and Chinese influences were important; a period of time especially noted for its art, poetry and literature.

Hiragana script

Japanese writing system of characters.


In Buddhism, an artistic grouping of three characters, usually Buddha in the center flanked by two bodhisattvas, but there could be some variation.

Image Credits

Horyu-ji Kondo, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Horyu-ji_kondo02_2000b.jpg, Shakamuni Triad, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Shakyamuni_Triad_Horyuji.JPG, Taizokai, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Taizokai.jpg,  Scene from the Tale of Genji, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Genji_emaki_01003_013.jpg, Triad of Yakushi, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Triad_of_Yakushi_Nyorai.JPG, Descent of Amida over the Mountains, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Descent_of_Amitabha_over_the_Mountain.jpg