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There has always been controversy when East would meet West particularly in the art realmHirayama says in reference to Japan that by increasing ones exposure to Western art one calls into question many long held artistic assumptions and institutional practices 57 He noted that such caused upheaval throughout the Meiji period an era of cultural uncertainty 57 Some artists during the controversial years in the early part of the twentieth century would vie for more Western styles While some artists did try to make their works acceptable world wide by choosing this option the Japanese did effectively create unique art forms anyway Japanese aesthetics provide a key to understanding artistic works that are quite different than those coming from the West Griffin PG Within the East Asian artistic tradition China had been the leader and Japans art took much from the country Yet Japanese artists developed their own style which is clearly not Chinese Griffin PG And of course the world was not always discriminatory against the East Many centuries ago before the eruption of the very popular western art movements there was a different attitude In order to get a glimpse of how different art was prior to the present day a look at the Asuka period may prove to be somewhat enlightening The periodization terminology was first created around the year 1900 to reference the architectural and art period called Asuka Scope PG Sekino had once designated the period as being the time most strongly influenced by Korean art PG In fact it had been noted that many Korean artists came to Japan around this time Gardner 635 Further Okakura considered the Asuka Period to extend quite broadly from the introduction of Buddhism at approximately 552 to the transfer of the capital to Heijo Nara in 710 Scope PG Thus according to this definition the period ran not much longer than 150 yearsThe Asuka Period then became known also as the era
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