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Evgeny Grigoriev
Author's expert-course "Art and culture of Japan"

16 September — 15 January 2020
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Evgeny Grigoriev
Author's expert-course "Art and culture of Japan"

The set for the author's expert course "Art and Culture of Japan" is open. 

Beginning of September 16, 2019 (until January 20, 2020).

The author's course from the World Culture series is devoted to the detailed study of the history, art and culture of Japan from ancient times to the present day.

The course includes 14 group lectures and seminars lasting 3 hours each with a break for a coffee break and 1 field lesson at the Museum of Oriental Studies. Classes are held once a week on weekdays, in evening (from 19 to 22.00) groups.

The course price includes additional materials. At the end of the course a Certificate is issued. The cost of the course is 58 000 rubles.


Theme 1: Introduction: What about Japan? Features of Japanese culture and its difference from  Western. General chronology. The main stages of the history of Japan. Their brief characteristic.The most ancient period. (4 thousand B.C. - 6th century A.D.). Periods of Zemon, Yaya, Kofun.

Theme 2: Periods of Asuka (552-645), Nara (645-794) and Heian (794-1184). Formation of the state. Syntoism. Connection with China by Korea, introduction of Buddhism as a state religion. Buddhist monastery complexes, temple sculpture. Aristocratic culture of the Heian era. Insei. Fujiwara. "Golden Age" of literature. Appearance of samurai. Troubles of Hohen years (1156 - 1158).

Theme 3: The Heiji Troubles (1159-1160). The war of Hampei (1160 - 1185). Tyusay (1185 - 1573). The fall of the house of Taira, Minamoto Yeshitsune as the first tragic warrior character. "The harsh years, the first shogunate (Kamakura), the Kublai invasion. Muromachi Restoration of Cammu, Ashikaga Shogunate. "Golden Pavilion, Silver Pavilion. Zen and garden art. Epistolary genre, diaries, "secret admonitions." Biographies and autobiographies.

Theme 4: Azzuchi-Momoyama (1568 - 1600) and Edo (Oda Nobunaga and the first land union. Totomi Hideyesi, political and financial unions. Battle of money and minds. The Imgenian War. Battle of Sekigahare, Tokugawa Shogunate, world. Christians in Japan. Self-isolation. Genroku (Japanese Renaissance).

Theme 5: "The way of tea". Tea gardens, tea utensils. First teachers of "severe samurai". How to brag about without money. The summation of the basic principles of tahno-yu, the basic visual elements. Ceramics Tia-noiu. "Simplicity and sophistication" in different periods. Architecture of tea houses. Tea gardens - from "sublime simplicity" to "subtle bliss".

Theme 6: Edo period (1614-1868). Urban culture. Merchants as a new class. Tokyo - the first the city isn't Chinese. Theatre art. Noh Theatre. Kabuki Theatre. Masks, costumes. 
Bunraku Puppet Theatre. Funny quarters. Poetry. Household novel.

Theme 7: Genre painting of the 16th-17th centuries by Fujokuga. Views of Kyoto and its surroundings. Shirma. Painting Beauties. Ukiyo-e engraving. Beauties. Theatre engraving. Utamaro, Katsusika Hokusai. Ando Hiroshige.

Theme 8: "Warrior's Way". Who are the samurai? Legends of swords. Sword decorations: tsuba and not only. Legends about samurai. Bushido and his followers. "Eastern Martial Arts" - true, fictions and legends. Ronin, ninja and everything. "Emperor's Way. The Heian era is an ideal, a model, a dream. Cults associated with the emperor. What spoiled Tokugawa? Japan on the border of the 19-20 centuries.

Theme 9: Japan in the 20th century. "Black Corpses" by Commander Perry. Meiji Restoration. Westernization. Industrial Revolution. "The Last Samurai. World War I. Russia and Japan. Japan and China. Nationalism, extremism.

Theme 10. World War II. Pearl Harbor, occupation. Like all Jiujutsu became "do". China and 
Japan "Japanese Economic Miracle". "Zaibatsu, Kairetsu and other wonders.

Theme 11. "Traditional" in modern Japan. Calendar. Gardens and parks. Holidays. Food. Clothes. Social device. Weddings.

Theme 12. XX century in Japanese and world culture. Runoske Akutagawa, Yukio Mishima, Kobo Abe. Japanese architecture. Modern mass culture of Japan. Music. Anime, manga, comics, cinema. Gadgets. "Kawai" and "cosplay".

Theme 13. Tokyo, its monuments and museums.

Theme 14. Travel to the cities: Kyoto, Nara, Osaka. Okinawa.

Theme 15. Excursion around the Japanese part of the exposition of the Museum of Oriental Peoples.

Registration is opened on the site in the section "Online Registration"

Full course program on the website:

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