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This hub explores the cell phone charm culture of Japan and Asia, their history and predecessors, and how the cell phone charm trend spread across the world during the 2000s.
Airmail stamps are not just stamps. They are pieces of aviation and postal history going back some 1 1/2 centuries! "Airmail Stamps..." takes a look at the history and examples of these stamps.
The Swiss railway clock is one of the world's most famous and recognizable clocks. It's a clock with a simple yet striking design that's kept accurate time at Swiss railroad stations for nearly 7 decades. It has inspired many other clocks and even sparked a line of wristwatches. And it has become one of Switzerland's most famous icons!
Cranes are a bird of legend and one of the world's most majestic and elegant bird species. "Crane Culture..." takes a look at the crane and the legends, culture, and facts surrounding it.
Crows are a species of bird that are highly intelligent, fasincinating to watch, and highly misunderstood by humankind. Crows art is also a largely-overlooked art genre! "Crow Art..." takes a look at crow art around the world, artists who are famous for their crow paintings, and crows in cultures all around the world!
One of the world's oldest toy is the spinning top. Tops are an age-old pasttime for children and adults alike, as well as a toy that has been useful to science! "Spinning Tops Across the Globe" takes a look at tops around the world, how they are played, and a little about their history.
Landscape paintings - or 'shan shui' ("Mountain and water") paintings - have been a part of Chinese art for many thousands of years. They have deep spiritual and political meanings and are an expression of the artist's inner soul. "Chinese Landscape Paintings" takes a look at Chinese landscape paintings throughout the centuries, the basic components of a shan shui painting, and landscape paintings in modern-day Chinese art.
Some of the most famous paintings in American art history are Cassius Coolidge's "Dogs Playing Poker" series of paintings. "Coolidge Dogs..." takes a look at the history, background, and legacy of these iconic paintings!
All around the world, horse paintings - or equestrian paintings - are familiar to almost everyone. Horse paintings can be found hanging in homes, offices, museums, and elsewhere. But what is the history behind many of the world's horse paintings? Who are some of the famous equine artists? In what countries has equestrian art flourished? That and more are discussed in this hub!
Pine trees are a species of tree which has various meanings and symbolism all around the world. "Pine Trees...." takes a look at the cultural and religious meanings of the pine tree and various facts about the great pine.
Bamboo has been a very popular subject in east Asian art for many centuries. It is one of the most recognizable motifs in east Asian paintings and one most people associate with east Asian art. "Bamboo Paintings of East Asia" takes a look at the meaning of bamboo in east Asian art, some of the great Chinese bamboo painters, and a little about Chinese, Japanese, and Korean bamboo paintings.
Some of the world's oldest pottery is that of ancient Japan. Pottery pieces dating back to at least the 12th millineum BCE have been found at archaological sites across Japan. This period of Japanese history is known as the Jomon period and these pottery pieces shed much light on life in Japan as it was in those days. "Jomon Pottery: Rope Pottery of Ancient Japan" explores the history of Jomon pottery, how it was made, its characteristics, and more.
Lighthouses are a necessity for ships at sea, popular tourist attractions, and historical sites. There are many that are iconic, and others that are relatively unknown. "Ten Famous Lighthouses From Around the World" looks at ten well-known lighthouses from different countries around the world and the history behind these lighthouses.
Cherry blossoms, or sakura, have become a popular subject of art in both East and West. Japanese cherry blossom art is particularly famous worldwide, but there are other countries where the cherry blossom has taken root and spread its beauty on canvas, fabric, and more. Much of this artwork is inspired by Japanese cherry blossom art. Where else is the cherry blossom famous? What is its meaning? That's what this hub explores!
Moon paintings have been a part of Chinese and Japanese art for many centuries. Images of the moon are strongly associated with these two countries. This hub explores the history of these paintings and prints and the meaning of the moon in Chinese and Japanese artwork.
The Japanese maple tree is famous worldwide for its beauty and elegance. In Japan itself, the maple tree - or kaede - is one of the nation's most famous trees, especially during fall. This tree has a significance attached to it that goes a little bit beyond aesthetic beauty, and this significance is something not a lot of Westerners are aware of. This hub explores the meaning of the Japanese maple tree to the Japanese people and its place in Japanese society and culture.
The legend of Momotaro, the "Peach Boy", is one of the most famous folktales to come out of Japan. What exactly is the legend of Momotaro? This hub explores that and more!
Have you ever noticed the rabbit in the moon? Are you familiar with the Moon Rabbit, or Jade Rabbit as it's sometimes called? "The Moon Rabbit In Legend and Culture" is dedicated to that big bunny pounding away in its pestle!
Carp art - and in particular koi art - is some of the most famous artwork to be exported from Asia. In "Chinese and Japanese Koi Fish Art", Chinese and Japanese carp paintings, koi art, and the history and cultural significance behind the carp are discussed.
In Japan, legends have been told for centuries about the legendary Kappa water imp that is both a fearsome water monster and a troublemaker. "Kappa: The Japanese River Monster" discusses the Kappa, its origins, attributes, its place in modern-day Japanese society, and whether it really exists or not.
One of the most popular subjects in Japanese art is cats. "Japanese Cat Art" takes a look at the history of the cat in Japan, cat paintings, the Maneki Neko ("Lucky Cat"), cat anime, and more!
Interested in butterfly art from Japan? Or curious to understand more about its meaning in Japanese culture? Be sure to check out this hub and learn more! In this hub the history and meaning of the butterfly in Japan is discussed as well as Japanese butterfly artwork, family crests, the butterfly in anime, and more.
"Japanese Wave Paintings" is a hub about the great wave paintings and ukiyo-e woodblock cuts from Japan. In this lens you can read about wave woodblock prints made by artists such as Hiroshige, Kuniyoshi,and the master of wave art: Hokusai.
"Haniwa: Ancient Japan's Terracotta Warriors" is a hub about the mysterious haniwa statues and figurines of ancient Japan, their history and purposes, and how haniwa served many purposes from funerary to spiritual to artistic. Also discussed is the role of the haniwa today and its influence in Japan and beyond.
"Raku Pottery in Japan" is a hub about Japanese raku pottery. The history of raku, its purpose and function in Japanese society, and the characteristics of Japanese raku pottery are all discussed in this hub.
"Stone Carvings of Cambodia" is a hub about the world-famous Khmer stone carvings, their history, and the culture that gave rise to them. Also discussed in this hub are the rise and fall of Angkor and Angkor Wat.