Arts and Culture
Uniquely Japanese, but open to the world.
With a history of over a thousand years, Japanese arts and culture has evolved in many ways, but tradition is kept alive.
Kabuki, Noh, Kyôgen and Bunraku are Japan's most well-known traditional stage arts.
While most classical arts originated from China, over time Japan developed its own unique style of art and music.
Japanese gardens are peaceful, tranquil spots designed to harness the beauty of an entire landscape or ocean into a garden. Japanese gardens have roots in Shintoism and Buddhism, and were made for meditation, or just for beautiful views for nobles and royals.
Japanese traditional sports are practiced around the world. Learn more about sports in Japan today.
Japanese festivals happen all over the country, all year round. Festivals have roots in religion, and almost every temple and shrine has its own festival, along with city and prefectural festivals celebrating regional culture and history.
From ancient relics to post-modern art, Japan's museums are world-class.
Anime is the style of animated cartoons from Japan. Manga are the printed versions.