Subject | Humanities & Social Sciences

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How Fujin and Raijin Arrived in Japan

When it comes to the wind god Fujin and the thunder god Raijin, Japanese people would most likely think of the images of them on the folding screen panels attributed to the artist Tawaraya Sotatsu. Even if one isn't familiar with the name of this artist, who lived around the Momoyama period, or had never seen the folding screen panels, it would be easy to picture them in one's mind. Since entering the TV era, the motifs of Fujin and Raijin have often appeared on commercials, and even in today's era of anime and games, they make various appearances as popular characters. This course will introduce Fujin and Raijin, the origin of the motifs for these characters, as they were depicted in China and its western regions before the Momoyama period in Japan

Content/学習内容

Staff/スタッフ

    • Teacher
    Hiroshi Arami
    Hiroshima University
    Distinguished Professor

Competency/コンピテンシー

Learning Goal

  • Be able to give an outline of the exchange of paintings between Japan and China
  • Be able to explain the spread of iconography beyond the confines of religion
  • Be able to give an outline of the worship of the thousand-armed Guanyin during the Tang Dynasty

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JV-Campus Secretariat

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