Saitama tourism and Buddhism: Delightful Chichibu

Saitama tourism and Buddhism: Delightful Chichibu Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Chichibu is a great place to visit. This concerns refreshing the soul, connecting with nature, walking in the mountains, enjoying outdoor sports, shopping for cultural items, and browsing around this lovely part of Saitama. Also, the landscape, irrespective of whether…

Dutch winter landscapes based on Hendrick Avercamp by Japanese artist 

Dutch winter landscapes based on Hendrick Avercamp by Japanese artist Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The contemporary Japanese artist Sawako Utsumi adores Dutch art. This concerns the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries because this period was a Golden Age concerning the number of esteemed Dutch artists with unique styles (all inspired by Dutch and Flemish Renaissance…

Buddhism and the Japanese calligrapher Sugawara Mitsushige: Bodhisattva Kannon

Buddhism and the Japanese calligrapher Sugawara Mitsushige: Bodhisattva Kannon Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The inscription of the Japanese calligrapher Sugawara Mitsushige dates the scroll to 1257. Thus the start of the brief Shoka era. Also, in this period of Japanese history, the famous Buddhist monk Nichiren (1222-1282) spread new ideas and reinvigorated Buddhism…

Japan poetry and a life blighted by ill-health: Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902)

Japan poetry and a life blighted by ill-health: Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902) Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The final years of the life of Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902) were filled with pain and long-lasting suffering. Ultimately, his life was cut short from the ravages of tuberculosis and other ailments that stemmed from this.  Shiki understood the frailty…

Japan art and culture: Kaihō Yūshō (1533-1615), Buddhism, and China 

Japan art and culture: Kaihō Yūshō (1533-1615), Buddhism, and China  Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Kaihō Yūshō (1533-1615) lived and breathed Buddhism, high culture, the arts, and the richness of Chinese culture. Yūshō was a lay Buddhist priest who fused the arts, ethics, faith, philosophy, and other aspects of Japanese high…

Japan art and Yanagisawa Kien: Edo artist influenced by Buddhism, China, and Confucianism

Japan art and Yanagisawa Kien: Edo artist influenced by Buddhism, China, and Confucianism Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Yanagisawa Kien (1703-1758) had a firm spiritual and philosophical soul. Thus the words of Confucius and the faith of Ōbaku-shū Zen Buddhism molded Kien greatly. Kien was a noted Nanga School (bunjinga) artist.…

Japan art and the individualism of Nagasawa Rosetsu (1754-1799)

Japan art and the individualism of Nagasawa Rosetsu (1754-1799) Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Nagasawa Rosetsu (1754-1799) lived during the Edo Period. Various opinions exist concerning his background. However, irrespective of this, Rosetsu was blessed with an independent artistic spirit. He felt deep tragedy throughout his adult life. This concerns the…

Art of Japan and Sanraku: Pre-Edo period to early Edo and anti-Christianity

Art of Japan and Sanraku: Pre-Edo period to early Edo and anti-Christianity Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times  Kano Sanraku (1559-1635) was a Japanese artist who lived during the pre-Edo era (Tokugawa Period) and the early Edo Period (1603-1868). Hence, bloodshed and issues with power concentration and regional dynamics were second nature for Sanraku. Indeed, he…

Art of 12th century Japan: Mitsunaga and a glimpse into the ending of the Heian Period

Art of 12th century Japan: Mitsunaga and a glimpse into the ending of the Heian Period Lee Jay Walker  Modern Tokyo Times  Tokiwa Mitsunaga will always be remembered for his artistic work concerning the Annual Rites and Ceremonies (1173) in twelfth-century Japan. Equally significant, it provides a glimpse into the ending of the Heian Period because…

Art of Japan and the Middle Kingdom (China): Buddhism, Confucianism, and other ideas

Art of Japan and the Middle Kingdom (China): Buddhism, Confucianism, and other ideas Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The religious and philosophical ideas of Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism (Daoism) impacted enormously on China, Japan, and Korea in Northeast Asia. Similarly, each nation had potent internal faiths and ideas. For example, Shintoism in Japan and…

Japan art and continuity despite rapid political changes: Sakai Dōitsu (1845-1913)

Japan art and continuity despite rapid political changes: Sakai Dōitsu (1845-1913) Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Sakai Dōitsu (1845-1913) was a Japanese artist who witnessed the demise of the Edo period and the rapid changes of the Meiji era. However, he actually died during the early Taisho period that promised further modernization and greater liberty. …