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Buddhism in Japanese Art and Architecture

Buddhism in Japanese Art and Architecture

Author: Aleisha Olson

This lesson will explore the influence of Buddhism in Japanese art and architecture.

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Image of Horyuji Kondo, Creative Commons,; Image of Tori Busshi, Shaka Triad, Public Domain,; Image of Yakushi Triad, Creative Commons,; Image of Phoenix Hall, Byodoin, Creative Commons,;  Image of Womb World Mandala, Public Domain,; Image of Amida Descending over the Mountains, Public Domain,;Image of Scene from the Minori Chater of the Tale of Genji, Public Domain,
Terms to Know
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.


The main hall in a Japanese Buddhist temple.


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