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Zen Influence on Japanese Art, Architecture, and Interior De

             "Zen made a huge influence in developing realism in the arts period" (Noma 207). It turned focus onto a much deeper level. Zen Buddhism's impact on Japanese culture is clearly shown in its visual art work, architecture, and interior design.
             Zen Buddhism has many philosophies on visual artwork, architecture, and interior design. There is a hidden meaning behind most of the Zen related work. There is a theory of focusing on the inner sprit. "Chinese and Japanese painters mainly focused on the inner spiritual world instead of the external material world" (Guth 39). This means that outside beauty doesn't compare to what is lying within. Emotion and thought fill most paintings. A Zen painter looks at a complicated object and can paint it in a natural and.
             simple point of view. "Zen artists try to imply the easiest means of the nature of the object" (Lieberman). Life is not seen as complex. Most all of Zen art opens your mind to a less complicated view of life. "Artwork abandons true life perspective, and makes people think beyond reality into the essence of reality" (Lieberman). There is usually not a theme for a blank spot on canvas; there is no artistic balance and not a lot of noticeable lines (Paine 78). .
             Zen Philosophy is the basis for a lot of Japanese arts. It uses its deeper thinking to portray certain moments of life. "Picture and text emphasize the instant when the bird is about to hunt for its prey. Understanding natural relationships is part of religious consciousness" (Paine 78). "Zen artists imply the easiest means of the nature of the object" (Paine 78). Artists pick the basic objects to paint. .
             "Since the meaning and pleasure of the viewing experience is based on a .
             consensus of meaning-of form, function, and content-that is often lost or .
             altered when an object passes from one generation to the next, and even .
             more so, from one culture to another, to see the products of a distant world .

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