Japanese artwork has a long and revered history, beginning with indiginous peoples, then heavily influenced by China, and finally developing into its own unique forms and styles.
One of the most popular forms is the painted folding screen (byobu), two, four, or six panels. These screens can be the focal point of a room, often mounted on a wall, or used as background pieces. The subject matter is as varied as Western art, but calligraphy and the traditional arts, are often represented. Color, ink, brushwork, and story all play a part.