Explaining Japanese art and crafts

Choose one thing below and describe it as if to someone who knows nothing about Japanese art. Your partner will listen and ask questions and/ or add more explanation.

  • Araki
  • byobu
  • chashitsu
  • e-maki
  • Foujita
  • furoshiki
  • Gutai
  • hanga/ ukiyo-e
  • haniwa
  • hina-sama
  • Hiroshige
  • Hokusai
  • Imari
  • Jomon
  • kakemono/ kakejiku
  • katana
  • kawaii
  • kogeshi
  • Kusama Yayoi
  • kyusu
  • Lee Ufan
  • manga
  • Nara Yoshitomo
  • netsuke
  • Nihonga
  • origami
  • shibui
  • shodo/ shuji
  • sumi-e
  • Tadanori Yokoo
  • Takashi Murakami
  • tansu
  • tokkuri
  • tokonoma
  • Utamaro
  • wabi-sabi
  • wagasa
  • washi/ wagami
  • Yayoi
  • Yoko Ono

Ask about anything you couldn’t explain, then suggest missing things from the list, describing them in the same way each time.

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