A Brief History of the Glyptic Art and Architecture of Japan: Together with a Brief Description of Temples and Shrines and a Biography of Eminent Architects and Sculptors

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Yamanaka, 1902 - Architects - 91 pages
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Page 26 - Fleet sent by Kublai Khan to conquer Japan, since which time Japan has never been invaded by any foreign foe. The Ashikaga line of Shoguns grasped the power which had fallen from the Hojo's hands, and distinguished themselves by the patronage of the arts.
Page 16 - Shinto arose from the fact that the doctrines of metempsychosis and universal perfectibility taught by Buddhism naturally made it tolerant of other creeds, and willing to afford hospitality to their gods in its own pantheon. Hence the early Buddhist teachers of the Japanese nation were led to regard the aboriginal Shinto gods and goddesses as incarnations or avatars — the Japanese term is gongen, signifying literally " temporary manifestations " — of some of the many myriads of Buddhas.
Page 32 - Japan reached the acme of her ancient greatness during the Tokugawa dynasty.
Page 59 - Korea ; while on the left stands a bronze lantern from Korea; a candelabrum from Holland, and a drum-tower.
Page 18 - The exquisite taste and chaste refinement displayed by these productions may be compared to the pale moon timidly peeping through a cloud or to the cherry blossoms hidden in a mist.
Page 18 - There had also grown up among nobles and men of affluence the habit of choosing in the suburbs some spot noted for scenic charms, and there building for themselves retreats on which all the artistic and decorative resources of the time were lavished. As for the Imperial Palace, however, from the time when it was destroyed by a conflagration (960 AD), it suffered a steady diminution...
Page 3 - East . . . calls for special study at the hands of those who would unfathom its mysteries.
Page 5 - ... •"Chinese literature, in short, and the creed of Buddha must be regarded as the influence that vivified the heart of Japanese national progress.
Page 33 - Daimyos (nobles) were obliged to reside alternately in Yedo and on their domains for certain fixed time.
Page 24 - During this epoch, nothing could exceed the devotion shown by the Imperial personages towards Buddhism.

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