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With over 30,000 years of history, Japan has accumulated a rich cultural heritage influenced by both the Eastern and Western worlds. One of the focal points of the nation's culture is traditional Japanese art, which encompasses a number of art forms: pottery, textiles, ink painting, sculpture, origami, calligraphy and many others. The technique of ukiyo-e - woodblocking printing - was used to create one of the most celebrated pieces of Japanese art: Katsushika Hokusai's 'The Great Wave off Kanagawa' (c.1829-1833). Earlier in the 15th century, Sesshū Tōyō produced some of the finest examples of ink wash painting, depicting glimpses of the majestic Japanese landscape. Ceramic craft is one of the country's oldest practices, with a variety of distinct styles emerging throughout Japan's extensive history. From the turn of the 20th century, a number of acclaimed photographers have emerged from the country, including Nobuyoshi Araki, known for his provocative and anti-authoritarian images.

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