About 30,000 years ago people first came to japan during time island were attached to Siberia and Korea by brideges of dry land therefore people crossed on foot the first society, called the Jomon culture, arose about 12,000 years ago. Around the same time, the Ainu people arrived by boat from Siberia.
Their first emperor is, Jimmu Tenno that was in 660 B.C from the Japan was ruled by emperors until 12th century A.D., when military rulers, called shoguns, took control and ruled by might.
Europeans first arrived in Japan in 1543, bringing guns and Christianity. In 1635, the ruling shogun closed Japan to foreigners and forbade Japanese to travel abroad. This remoteness lasted more than 200 years. In 1868, the shoguns were dethroned and emperors returned. This was a time of great change and modernization for Japan.
Japanese art covers with broad range of art styles and media, including early pottery, sculpture in wood and bronze, ink painting on silk and paper, calligraphy, ceramics, architecture, oil painting, literature, drama and music. The history of Japanese art begins with the building of ceramics by early resident sometime in the tenth millennium B.C.E. The earliest composite art is linked with the growth of Buddhism in the seventh and eighth centuries C.E.
The arts in Japan were supported and sustained for centuries by a series of imperial courts and aristocratic clans, until urbanization and industrialization created a popular market for art. Both religious and secular artistic traditions expanded, but even the secular art was diffused with Buddhist and Confucian aesthetic principles, particularly the Zen concept that every aspect of the material world is part of an all-encompassing whole. Over its long history, Japanese art engaged many foreign artistic traditions and carried on irregular 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. Japanese aesthetic principles of simplicity and understatement influenced Western architecture and design during the 20th century.
Japanese artists also acquired Western techniques and materials and gained international audiences. Contemporary Japanese art is concerned with concepts such as self-identity and finding fulfillment in a world dominated by technology. Since the 1990s, Japanese animation, known as anime, has become widely popular with young people in the West.