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Japanese Aesthetics



Shozo Sato provides a brief overview of Japanese aesthetics and explains the major differences between Western and Japanese aesthetics. He talks about the Japanese emphasis on stylization and the functions of art and the artist in Japanese society. He also describes “maximum art” (such as Kabuki), “minimal art” (such as haiku or a rock garden), and the need for balance in both.

Suggested Uses:

  • Show as an introduction to a unit on Japanese aesthetics and culture.
  • Use to identify and classify various Japanese art forms as “maximum” or “minimal” art.

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See the Kabuki in the Classroom guide in the Drama Arts Toolkit binder.


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