Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire through Japanese eyes: Buddhism, Christianity, and Shintoism

Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire through Japanese eyes: Buddhism, Christianity, and Shintoism Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The contemporary Japanese artist, Sawako Utsumi, who hails from Northern Japan, once more creates a lovely art piece. Spiritually, her background is based on Shintoism and tinged with Buddhism based on the cultural legacy. Yet, in general, the…

Kano Michinobu (1730-1790) and Japanese art

Kano Michinobu (1730-1790) and Japanese art Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Kano school of art blessed Japan for many centuries after the founding fathers were born in the fifteenth century. However, like all traditional art forms, the Meiji Restoration of 1868 and endless modernization would eclipse the longevity of Kano artists. Despite this,…

Tendai Buddhism and the Monk Jien (1155-1225): Timeless poetry

Tendai Buddhism and the Monk Jien (1155-1225): Timeless poetry Lee Jay Walker  Modern Tokyo Times The Buddhist monk Jien was born in 1155 and he passed away from this world in 1225. Yet, despite the passages of time, his historical writings and poems leave a lasting legacy. Therefore, Jien provides a glimpse into the world…

Art of Japan and the Altered Reality of Hiroshige by Van Gogh

Art of Japan and the Altered Reality of Hiroshige by Van Gogh Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Ando (Utagawa) Hiroshige (1797-1858) is one of the most famous Japanese ukiyo-e artists to have impacted greatly internationally. This reality came to the attention of Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) and other European artists of high distinction. Therefore,…

Japan poetry and the female poet Komachi: Heartfelt passion from the distant past

Japan poetry and the female poet Komachi: Heartfelt passion from the distant past                                              Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese female poet, Ono no Komachi, was born in the ninth century. It is widely reported that she was born in 825 and passed away from this cold earth in the year 900. However, the…

Japanese art and Claude Monet

Japanese art and Claude Monet Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Claude Monet was a very important French Impressionist artist and despite new movements including Cubism and Fauvism, he remained committed to Impressionism. Another major art theme that would shape Monet was Japanese ukiyo-e because he became smitten by the contrasting approach to art. Therefore,…

Contemporary Japanese artist and L. S. Lowry in Full Bloom by Sawako Utsumi

Contemporary Japanese artist and L. S. Lowry in Full Bloom by Sawako Utsumi  Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The contemporary Japanese artist, Sawako Utsumi, adores a plethora of different art styles fused from her native Japan and a mixture of European artists. This notably applies to the Dutch Masters of the sixteenth and seventeenth…