updated: July 15, 1998
a series of illustrated lectures
THE RULE OF TASTE
( 794 - 1185 )
illustrated presentation to follow consists of seventy-four images (with
accompanying written narration) displayed over a series of forty-two linked
screen "pages". It should take approximately thirty minutes to complete
(depending largely on the speed of your modem connection).
The material included in
ARISTOCRATIC JAPAN covers three fundamental topics and themes:
To gain the most from the
presentation to follow, read through the accompanying terms
These will help you to organize the material discussed and to highlight
the most important points made in the written narration.
the historical process whereby
the Yamato clan came to exercise imperial power over an increasingly centralized
the nature of imported Chinese
institutions and forms - the written language, Buddhism, the political
organization of the state and numerous cultural attributes - utilized in
the emergence of aristocratic power and prestige; and …
the rejection or adaptation
of many of these imports by the Japanese themselves and their subsequent
impact on developing patterns of religious, artistic, literary and architectural
traditions associated with "The Rule of Taste", the cultural style of the
Aristocratic period in Japanese history.
As you proceed, be sure
to examine each image for visual information illustrating the point made
in the accompanying caption; figure out why that particular picture, diagram
or chart was included.
A written follow-up exercise
(on a page that can be printed out for your personal use) concludes the
presentation. A comment form for your reactions to the entire experience
has also been included.
on the button below to move to the next screen "page" in the presentation.