Spring 2012

Sacred Images and Sacred Space: The Visual Culture of Religion in Japan

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-266  |  Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-261

Formerly listed as: ASLC-61  |  FIAR-66


Samuel C. Morse (Section 01)


(Offered as ARHA 266 and ASLC 261.) An interdisciplinary study of the visual culture of the Buddhist and Shinto religious traditions in Japan. The class will examine in depth a number of Japan's most important sacred places, including Ise Shrine, Tôdaiji, Daitokuji and Mount Fuji, and will also look at the way contemporary architects such as Andô Tadao and Takamatsu Shin have attempted to create new sacred places in Japan today. Particular emphasis will be placed on the ways by which the Japanese have given distinctive form to their religious beliefs through architecture, painting and sculpture, and the ways these objects have been used in religious ritual.

Spring semester. Professor Morse.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2012, Spring 2015, Fall 2023