As with many old civilizations, Japan is renowned for its 伝統芸術 (dentōgeijutsu, traditional arts). These come in the form of 有形文化遺産 (yūkei bunka isan, tangible cultural heritage) and 無形文化遺産 (mukei bunka isan, intangible cultural heritage). The former category includes items like Himeji Castle and the “Manyoshu,” while the latter features things such as kabuki theater and the country’s festivals.

Personally, I’ve always been interested in the 有形文化遺産, particularly 陶器 (tōki, pottery). I love the variety of 感触 (kanshoku, textures), 多色 (tashoku, many colors) and 柄 (gara, patterns), whether they’re drawn from nature, history or pop culture.

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