JapanTradition is not a prison, but a stage set by previous centuries of art, on which contemporary arts evolve. New creations simultaneously reflect the past and innovate. Whimsy itself becomes iconic, the fluid wrist, the winking samurai. The arts in Japan extend from Jomon Period pottery circa 10,000 B.C. to the doe-eyed vixens of 21st- century manga comics. Ancient horizontal scrolls of images read in sequence foreshadow modern Japanese animation. Innovations are traditional in Japan, where art forms and the materials they employ astound by their number and variety: sumi-e (brush or ink painting), kabuki (traditional theatrical art), ikebana (flower arranging), origami (paper folding), bonsai (dwarfed tree in a pot); wood, lacquer, porcelain, gold, iron, paper, silk.