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Advanced Audio Blog S6 #25 - Japanese Artists - Matsuo Bashō

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Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! Some Japanese writers have a powerful way with words that they can convey their meaning in a very succinct way. But even the very best writers in the world would have a hard time beating Japanese writers of haiku, who can say more in seventeen syllables than most of us can say in a page. The words of these Japanese artists are truly transformative. In this lesson, you will learn about the Japanese haiku poet Matsuo Bashō, a preeminent writer of haiku. We will explain how the imagery his Japanese words create will transport you into a vivid world of sights, sounds, and feelings that most writers cannot replicate. Visit us at JapanesePod101.com, where you will find Japanese lesson notes (remember—this Advanced Audio Blog lesson is spoken entirely in Japanese!) and many more fantastic lessons and learning resources! Leave us a message while you are there!

Advanced Audio Blog S6 #24 - Japanese Artists - Tōshūsai Sharaku

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Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! Your Japanese friends have treated you to a day on the town, and for some reason, they've chosen to start with a Japanese museum of contemporary art. You appreciate most kinds of art, and you've found Japanese painters to be highly skilled and detail oriented. However, whenever it comes to modern paintings, you feel a bit lost. How are you supposed to extract any Japanese meaning from meaningless shapes and lines? In this lesson, you will learn about the Japanese artists of the Ukiyo-e style. In particular, we will tell you about three Japanese masters of this form of painting: Tōshūsai Sharaku, Katsushika Hokusai, and Utagawa Hiroshige. You'll also find out the influence these Japanese artists had on the rest of the art world. Visit us at JapanesePod101.com, where you will find Japanese lesson notes (remember—this Advanced Audio Blog lesson is spoken entirely in Japanese!) and many more fantastic lessons and learning resources! Leave us a message while you are there!
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Advanced Audio Blog S6 #23 - Japanese Artists - Sen no rikyuu

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Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! You've heard about the legendary Japanese tea ceremony, but you've only seen it in movies. You know that the Japanese person performing it must do so with great care and precision, and you know you don't have the patience for it. Fortunately, you do have the patience to watch and be rewarded with delicious Japanese tea! In this lesson, you will learn about the Japanese artist Sen no Rikyū, who made a great impression on the Japanese Tea Ceremony. He made many contributions to simplifying and elevating this Japanese art form. We will also tell you how his approach brought great harmony to not only the ceremony itself but also the participants. Visit us at JapanesePod101.com, where you will find Japanese lesson notes (remember—this Advanced Audio Blog lesson is spoken entirely in Japanese!) and many more fantastic lessons and learning resources! Leave us a message while you are there!

Advanced Audio Blog S6 #22 - Japanese Artists - Sesshū

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Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! You're at an art show in Japan, and so far you've mostly seen abstract works that look like a kindergartner could have done them with finger paints. Maybe you should take up painting as a hobby and see whether you can sell some "art" at these shows too! But when you come across the black and white works of an obviously more serious Japanese artist, you start to rethink your plans! In this lesson, you will learn about the Japanese artist Sesshu. You'll find out what makes his work stand apart from many other Japanese artists. We'll also share details about his upbringing that likely led to this brilliant Japanese painter's unique style. Visit us at JapanesePod101.com, where you will find Japanese lesson notes (remember-this Advanced Audio Blog lesson is spoken entirely in Japanese!) and many more fantastic lessons and learning resources! Leave us a message while you are there!

Advanced Audio Blog S6 #21 - Japanese Artists - Unkei and Kaikei

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Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com! You're bringing your nephew and niece to the temple in Japan for the first time, and their eyes are wide with terror. They both grab your leg and try to hide behind you, so you ask them what's the matter in Japanese. They explain in Japanese that they're scared of the sculptures guarding the entrance. You reassure them that these pieces of imposing Japanese sculpture were designed to keep enemies out, not nice little kids like them! In this lesson, you will learn about the Japanese sculptures that guard the Todai-ji Temple in Nara, Japan. You'll learn what these Japanese works of art depict as well as why visitors to this Japanese site find them so remarkable. Visit us at JapanesePod101.com, where you will find Japanese lesson notes (remember—this Advanced Audio Blog lesson is spoken entirely in Japanese!) and many more fantastic lessons and learning resources! Leave us a message while you are there!