Japan Zen Buddhist art and the Middle Kingdom (China)

Japan Zen Buddhist art and the Middle Kingdom (China) Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times  The legacy of the Middle Kingdom (China) is visible throughout Japan. Hence, the flow of architecture, Buddhism, Confucianism, literature, gardens, Taoism, tea ceremony, and countless other important areas persist in modern Japan.  Mokuan Reien, a famous Japanese Zen priest of…

Japan contemporary artist and homage to Hendrick Avercamp

Japan contemporary artist and homage to Hendrick Avercamp Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Sawako Utsumi is a contemporary Japanese artist who hails from northern Japan. Utsumi’s art is heavily influenced by European, Japanese, and religious themes. Equally, she creates her own individual art pieces concerning landscapes, ideas, and religion. Numerology and religious connotations are also…

Japan art and Suzuki Harunobu (1725-1770): Ladies and style

Japan art and Suzuki Harunobu (1725-1770): Ladies and style Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Suzuki Harunobu (1725-1770) became the most potent artist depicting beautiful ladies (bijin-ga) in the 1760s. Initially, Harunobu was inspired by Nishikawa Sukenobu. However, in time he developed his own distinctive style. Harunobu was instrumental in Nishiki-e (multi-colored woodblock printing). This new multi-colored woodblock…

Japan art and flow of Europe: Fujishima Takeji

Japan art and flow of Europe: Fujishima Takeji Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Fujishima Takeji (1867-1943) fused various art themes to produce a plethora of exquisite art. Hence, the yoga (Western-style art) artworks by Fujishima naturally fuse impressionism and romanticism.  Fujishima also developed a deep respect for the Art Nouveau art movement. Thus he was…

Japan art and Tōshi Yoshida: Calm Before the US carpet-bombing storm

Japan art and Tōshi Yoshida: Calm Before the US carpet-bombing storm Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Tōshi Yoshida (1911-1995) was the son of a distinguished artist. His father, Hiroshi Yoshida, was deeply respected for his Shin-Hanga art. However, his son would eventually focus on the Sōsaku Hanga art movement.  Tōshi suffered…

Japan art and Shiba Kōkan: Western-style artist of the Edo Period

Japan art and Shiba Kōkan: Western-style artist of the Edo Period Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The artist Shiba Kōkan (1747-1818) hails from Japan. However, despite Japan being relatively isolated throughout the Edo Period, Chinese culture still was potent concerning high culture and other important areas of society. Also, windows of Western culture had minor gaps…

Japan poetry and Takuboku Ishikawa (1886-1912): Pyotr Kropotkin 

Japan poetry and Takuboku Ishikawa (1886-1912): Pyotr Kropotkin  Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese poet Takuboku Ishikawa died at a very young age from tuberculosis. He changed his earlier beliefs from naturalism to socialism in response to the environment he witnessed. Therefore, his idealism was still developing and adapting to the convulsions of the Meiji…

Japan poetry and Uejima Onitsura (1661-1738): Useless dreams, alas

Japan poetry and Uejima Onitsura (1661-1738): Useless dreams, alas Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese poet, Uejima Onitsura (1661-1738), hails from the prefecture of Hyogo. However, it was Osaka where this esteemed haiku poet became famous. In a lovely poem, he wrote: Useless dreams, alas! Over desolate fields winds whisper as they pass. From 8 years of age, Uejima impressed many…

Japan art and Kawai Gyokudō (1873-1957)

Japan art and Kawai Gyokudō (1873-1957) Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Kawai Gyokudō (1873-1957) is famous for Nihonga art. He belongs to the Meiji, Taisho, and Showa periods of Japanese history. Hence, with his father’s consent, he began to study art in Kyoto under the tutelage of Kōno Bairei. Kyoto was a great place…