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Contemporary Japanese painters work in all genres including traditional ink and water color painting, classical oil painting, and modern media.
Japanese ceramics are among the finest in the world and include the earliest known artifacts of Japanese culture.
The Japanese, in this period, found sculpture a much less sympathetic medium for artistic expression; most Japanese sculpture is associated with religion, and the medium's use declined with the lessening importance of traditional Buddhism.
In 538, the ruling monarch of Baekche, King Sông, sent an official diplomatic mission to formally introduce Buddhism to the Japanese court, and presented Buddhist images and sutras to the emperor.They built simple houses of wood and thatch set into shallow earthen pits to provide warmth from the soil, and crafted lavishly decorated pottery storage vessels, clay figurines called dogu, and crystal jewels., bringing their knowledge of wetland rice cultivation, the manufacture of copper weapons and bronze bells (dōtaku), and wheel-thrown, kiln-fired ceramics.Over its long history, Japanese art absorbed many foreign artistic traditions and carried on intermittent exchanges with China and Korea.When Japan came into contact with the Western world during the 19th century, Japanese woodblock prints, paintings and ceramics had a considerable influence on European art, particularly on cubism and impressionism.
The earliest complex art in Japan was produced in the seventh and eighth centuries in connection with Buddhism.