imaging japanese history header with images from japanese history art including temples, mountains, scrolls, anime

medieval art image of samurai warriorsEssay 
M1 Handout
M2 Print Handout
M2 Online Handout

This module focuses on Japan’s medieval period, including the Kamakura (1185-1333), the Muromachi (1336-1573), and the Momoyama (1573-1603) shogunates.

Night Attack on the Sanjō Palace, from the Illustrated Scrolls of the Events of the Heiji Era
Photograph © 2008 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Night Attack on the Sanjō Palacefrom the Illustrated Scrolls of the Events of the Heiji Era (Heiji monogatori emaki) (detail)
Japanese, Kamakura Period, second half of the thirteenth century
Handscroll; ink and color on paper
41.3 x 699.7 cm (16¼ x 275½ in.)
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Fenollosa-Weld Collection, 11.4000

Medieval Japan materials:

The easiest way to provide access to the sources used in the lesson is to have students work with the M2 Online Handout directly on Internet-equipped computers.

If having students work online is not feasible, print out and label the images and post them around the room or at tables where groups can examine them. The images you will need are:

If you use printouts of the images, copy the version of M2 Print Handout for student use.


This project is funded by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.


Created © 2008 Program for Teaching East Asia, University of Colorado.