The Chinese Influence On The Western World

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Hybrid architecture is developed out of a complex social, cultural and political interaction, which is often far from simple or clear. This essay discusses the Chinese influence of Buddhism in Japan to bring us the Japanese Tea House, and further more the philosophies of the Tea House architecture and its influence on the western world; in particular, the Farnsworth House in Illinois by Mies Van der Rohe.

Vernacular styles of every country change over time. International influence is inevitable. Japan first saw international influence in the Muromachi period of the 6th century. The Chinese traveled to Japan via Korea and bought with them their Buddhist teachings. Shintoism was the original religion of Japan but when the Chinese bought Buddhism with them, the religion quickly began to overthrow Shintoism. (Blaser, Werner, p14) This Chinese influence in Japan lead to the construction of Chinese Buddhist temples and compounds all over the country. (Sacchi, p103) The Chinese Buddhist structures were entirely imitated down to the very last detail. Japan was completely influenced by China and had not yet discovered their own Buddhist vernacular, so for quite some time Japan in Buddhist areas became to look faintly like China. (Blaser, Werner, p14) Following on from the 8th century, Japan continued to create spiritual center but they began imposing on the Chinese exemplar and adding their own architectural ideas. (Blaser, Werner, p14)

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