Category Archive: Japan art

Art of Japan and the remaining shadow of Shintoism

Art of Japan and the remaining shadow of Shintoism Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Buddhist temples from various sects appear to dominate the religious discourse in Japan but inwardly the faith of… Continue reading

Art of Japan and the Bridge in the Rain: Van Gogh and Hiroshige

Art of Japan and the Bridge in the Rain: Van Gogh and Hiroshige Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist, Ando Hiroshige (1797-1858), is one of the most esteemed ukiyo-e artists… Continue reading

Art of Japan and changing times: Yokohama-e and Western encroachment

Art of Japan and changing times: Yokohama-e and Western encroachment Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Utagawa Sadahide (Gountei Sadahide) witnessed the first years of modernization in Japan that emerged after the 1868… Continue reading

Art of Japan and Nichiren Buddhism in the soul of Rinpa art

Art of Japan and Nichiren Buddhism in the soul of Rinpa art Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Japanese historical art is blessed with many forms inspired internally and from the richness of… Continue reading

Japan art and the legacy of Tensho Shubun: Buddhism to the power of the Middle Kingdom

Japan art and the legacy of Tensho Shubun: Buddhism to the power of the Middle Kingdom Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Tensho Shubun was deeply influenced by landscape artists… Continue reading

Japanese Buddhist poetry of the fourteenth century: Jakushitsu Genkō (1290-1367)

Japanese Buddhist poetry of the fourteenth century: Jakushitsu Genkō (1290-1367) Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Jakushitsu Genkō (1290-1367) is a famous Japanese Rinzai Buddhist preacher who became the first abbot of the… Continue reading

The poetry of Japan and Arakida Moritake (1473-1549): The natural flow of Shintoism

The poetry of Japan and Arakida Moritake (1473-1549): The natural flow of Shintoism Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The poetry of Arakida Moritake (1473-1549) was inspired by the flows of the past,… Continue reading

Poet Saigyō (1118-1190) and Japanese Buddhism: the Light of the Buddha and Shintoism

Poet Saigyō (1118-1190) and Japanese Buddhism: the Light of the Buddha and Shintoism Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese Buddhist poet Saigyō Hōshi (birth name Satō Norikiyo) was born in 1118… Continue reading

Japanese artist illuminates a classic Dutch art piece by Hendrick Avercamp

Japanese artist illuminates a classic Dutch art piece by Hendrick Avercamp Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The contemporary Japanese artist Sawako Utsumi is once more focusing on the world of Dutch art. This… Continue reading

Japanese artist touch to Esaias van de Velde: Light of Japan on Dutch art of yesteryear

Japanese artist touch to Esaias van de Velde: Light of Japan on Dutch art of yesteryear Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Another stunning art piece by the Japanese artist, Sawako Utsumi, is… Continue reading

Katsukawa Shunshō (1726-1793) and art of Japan

Katsukawa Shunshō (1726-1793) and art of Japan Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist called Katsukawa Shunshō isn’t particularly famous outside of Japan. Indeed, even in Japan, he is hardly among… Continue reading

Japan art and Kanzan Shimomura: Famous son of Wakayama and his early artistic life in Tokyo

Japan art and Kanzan Shimomura: Famous son of Wakayama and his early artistic life in Tokyo Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The artist Kanzan Shimomura (1873 to 1930) is a famous son… Continue reading

Japanese art and Takeshiro Kanokogi: Influence of Jean-Paul Laurens and Emile-Rene Menard

Japanese art and Takeshiro Kanokogi: Influence of Jean-Paul Laurens and Emile-Rene Menard Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Takeshiro Kanokogi was born in 1874 during the infancy of the Meiji… Continue reading

Art of Japan and Matsumura Goshun: Impact of high culture, Yosa Buson, and the shadow of death

Art of Japan and Matsumura Goshun: Impact of high culture, Yosa Buson, and the shadow of death Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Matsumura Goshun was born in 1752 during… Continue reading

Japan poetry and Tendai Buddhism: The historian and poetic Buddhist monk Jien (1155-1225)

Japan poetry and Tendai Buddhism: The historian and poetic Buddhist monk Jien (1155-1225) Lee Jay Walker  Modern Tokyo Times The Buddhist monk Jien was born in 1155 and he passed away from this… Continue reading

Japanese Art and Ito Shinsui: the stunning art of his early golden period

Japanese Art and Ito Shinsui: the stunning art of his early golden period  Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Ito Shinsui (1898-1972) is a pivotal Japanese artist of the twentieth century. Hence he… Continue reading

Art and culture flourished under the Japanese warlord Oda Nobunaga in the 16th century

Art and culture flourished under the Japanese warlord Oda Nobunaga in the 16th century Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The warlord Oda Nobunaga (1534-1582) was extremely multi-dimensional despite his harsh reputation. This… Continue reading

Narashige Koide and art of Japan: Intriguing artist

Narashige Koide and art of Japan: Intriguing artist Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Yoga (Western-style) portraiture art and expressions of still life by Narashige Koide remain deeply embedded when thinking about this… Continue reading

Art of Japan and the unconventional approach of Soga Shōhaku (1730-1781)

Art of Japan and the unconventional approach of Soga Shōhaku (1730-1781) Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   The Japanese artist, Soga Shōhaku (1730-1781), was born into a wealthy household during the Edo… Continue reading

Yokoyama Taikan and art of Japan: Creativity and the sentiments of the time

Yokoyama Taikan and art of Japan: Creativity and the sentiments of the time Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Yokoyama Taikan (1868-1958) was born in the prefecture of Ibaraki but he moved to… Continue reading

Adorable landscapes by Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Adorable landscapes by Utagawa Kuniyoshi Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Utagawa Kuniyoshi is among the crème de la crème of ukiyo-e artists because his artwork remains powerful in modern times.  Kuniyoshi, just… Continue reading

Mountains of Japan in art: Spirituality of Buddhism and Shintoism in a natural landscape

Mountains of Japan in art: Spirituality of Buddhism and Shintoism in a natural landscape Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Mount Fuji in Japan is a national symbol that signifies many things to… Continue reading

Art of Japan and Nishikawa Sukenobu: From the Empress to Prostitutes

Art of Japan and Nishikawa Sukenobu: From the Empress to Prostitutes Modern Tokyo Times Lee Jay Walker The Japanese artist Nishikawa Sukenobu (1671-1750) was based in the cultural city of Kyoto and he… Continue reading

Japan art and the paths of Shintoism and Buddhism: Holy men in the snow without Abraham

Japan art and the paths of Shintoism and Buddhism: Holy men in the snow without Abraham Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times In the second part of Sawako Utsumi’s art that focuses on… Continue reading

Buddhist art from China and Japan: Kaihō Yūshō (1533-1615) and the shadow of Liang K’ai (1140-1210)

Buddhist artists from China and Japan: Kaihō Yūshō (1533-1615) and the shadow of Liang K’ai (1140-1210) Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The path of Buddhism in China and Japan knows many roads… Continue reading

Confucianism and the piety of the Japanese artist Watanabe Kazan (1793-1841)

Confucianism and the piety of the Japanese artist Watanabe Kazan (1793-1841) Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   Watanabe Kazan (1793-1841) was a very thoughtful artist who came from Japan. Ethics wise, the… Continue reading

Ninth Century Japanese Art: Kose Kanaoka and the Cultural Richness of the Middle Kingdom

Ninth Century Japanese Art: Kose Kanaoka and the Cultural Richness of the Middle Kingdom   Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times A great deal of information isn’t forthcoming in the English-speaking world when… Continue reading

Art of Japan and Asai Chu: The altered artistic landscape

Art of Japan and Asai Chu: The altered artistic landscape Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Meiji Restoration of 1868 led to many social convulsions and like all revolutionary periods you had… Continue reading

Poetry: Hell or heaven can’t defeat the futility of life

Hell or heaven can’t defeat the futility of life The beauty of life fades by the woe of age and time All that once was near, now but a blurred memory Even the… Continue reading

Japan Artist and English Landscapes: Laburnum Tree, Brailsford Church, and Shinto Themes

Japan Artist and English Landscapes: Laburnum Tree, Brailsford Church, and Shinto Themes Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The recent oil painting by Sawako Utsumi, a Japanese contemporary artist, of a laburnum tree… Continue reading

Art of Japan and richness of religion: Modern times and fusions of the past

Art of Japan and richness of religion: Modern times and fusions of the past Tomoko Hara and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Shinto faith runs deep throughout Japanese religion even when… Continue reading

Japan poetry and impact of the Middle Kingdom: Abe no Nakamaro (698-770)

Japan poetry and impact of the Middle Kingdom: Abe no Nakamaro (698-770) Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The eighth-century Japanese scholar and poet, Abe no Nakamaro (698-770), belongs to the cultural world… Continue reading