Category Archive: Japan culture

Exile of the Holy Buddhist leader Nichiren in Japan and his representation in Art

Exile of the Holy Buddhist leader Nichiren in Japan and his representation in Art Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Nichiren (1222-1282) was born during a very unstable period in Japan because of… Continue reading

Japanese Art and Kano Michinobu (1730-1790)

Japanese Art and Kano Michinobu (1730-1790)  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,… Continue reading

Kano Eitoku (1543-1590) and richness of Japanese art despite the warring times

Kano Eitoku (1543-1590) and richness of Japanese art despite the warring times Lee Jay Walker  Modern Tokyo Times   The Japanese artist Kano Eitoku (1543-1590) says much about the various dynamics of the… Continue reading

Zen Buddhist priest Mokuan Reien and Japanese Art: Fourteenth century China

Zen Buddhist priest Mokuan Reien and Japanese Art: Fourteenth century China  Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Middle Kingdom (China) enticed the thirteenth century born Japanese Zen priest, Mokuan Reien, based on… Continue reading

Art of Japan and Kaihō Yūshō (1533-1615): Buddhism and high culture

Art of Japan and Kaihō Yūshō (1533-1615): Buddhism and high culture Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The impact of Buddhism on the art of Kaihō Yūshō (1533-1615) is abundantly obvious and the… Continue reading

Japanese Art and Kano Sanraku (1559-1635): Centralization and continuity

Japanese Art and Kano Sanraku (1559-1635): Centralization and continuity Lee Jay Walker  Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Kano Sanraku (1559-1635) witnessed the power processes of the centralization of Japan that ultimately led… Continue reading

Ito Shinsui opened up the “old mirror” of Japanese art

Ito Shinsui opened up the “old mirror” of Japanese art Lee Jay Walker  Modern Tokyo Times Ito Shinsui (1898-1972) is one of the greatest twentieth-century artists to emanate from Japan. Despite his early… Continue reading

Chinese Artist Shen Quan (Nanpin) and the window of Nagasaki in Japan (1731-1733)

Chinese Artist Shen Quan (Nanpin) and the window of Nagasaki in Japan (1731-1733) Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The window of Nagasaki in Japan enabled the Chinese artist, Shen Quan (Nanpin), to… Continue reading

Rinzai Buddhism and Japanese Art: Outreach dimensions of Sengai Gibon

Rinzai Buddhism and Japanese Art: Outreach dimensions of Sengai Gibon Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Sengai Gibon (1750-1837) is a famous individual in Japanese art and history. This is based on his… Continue reading

Art of Japan and Soga Shōhaku (1730-1781): Deep admiration of the Muromachi Period (1336-1573)

Art of Japan and Soga Shōhaku (1730-1781): Deep admiration of the Muromachi Period (1336-1573) Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Soga Shōhaku (1730-1781) is a very intriguing artist because he wasn’t conventional. Equally… Continue reading

Art of Japan and Kose Kanaoka: Illusive Spirit of a Ninth Century Artist and the Middle Kingdom

Art of Japan and Kose Kanaoka: Illusive Spirit of a Ninth Century Artist and the Middle Kingdom Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Tragically, a fire in the seventeenth century destroyed the last… Continue reading

Yosa Buson and Japanese Poetry: In the footsteps of Matsuo Bashō

Yosa Buson and Japanese Poetry: In the footsteps of Matsuo Bashō Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The poetry of Yosa Buson (1716-1784) in Japan is highly acclaimed because his haiku reached the… Continue reading

Famous Japanese Buddhist Warrior of the Twelfth Century and Japanese Art: Rich Legacy of Benkei

Famous Japanese Buddhist Warrior of the Twelfth Century and Japanese Art: Rich Legacy of Benkei Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Saito no Musashibo Benkei (1155-1189) is a famous and highly esteemed Japanese… Continue reading

Japanese Art and the two paths of Buddhism and Shintoism: Faith in the Snow without Abraham

Japanese Art and the two paths of Buddhism and Shintoism: Faith in the Snow without Abraham Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The latest art piece by Sawako Utsumi, a contemporary Japanese artist… Continue reading

Yukio Mishima and the spirit of a genius based on the soul of history: The last great Japanese writer

Yukio Mishima and the spirit of a genius based on the soul of history: The last great Japanese writer Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Japan witnessed many shifting sands since the Meiji… Continue reading

Emperor Akihito of Japan to finally step down on April 30, 2019

Emperor Akihito of Japan to finally step down on April 30, 2019 Noriko Watanabe and Chika Mori Modern Tokyo Times The government of Japan and the legal system is finally abiding by the… Continue reading

Japan Artist inspired by Alfred Sisley: Tranquility through Japanese eyes and cultural warning

Japan Artist inspired by Alfred Sisley: Tranquility through Japanese eyes and cultural warning Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The artist Alfred Sisley painted many adorable landscapes through the medium of impressionism. Yet,… Continue reading

Sugawara Mitsushige and Bodhisattva Kannon: Buddhism, Japanese Culture, and the Middle Kingdom

Sugawara Mitsushige and Bodhisattva Kannon: Buddhism, Japanese Culture, and the Middle Kingdom Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The passing of time never dampens the beauty of the thirteenth-century Japanese calligrapher Sugawara Mitsushige.… Continue reading

Hakone Tourism: Buddhism, Shintoism, Hakone Jinja, Yamabushi, and the historical Treasure Museum

Hakone Tourism: Buddhism, Shintoism, Hakone Jinja, Yamabushi, and the historical Treasure Museum Kanako Itamae and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Hakone is a very popular tourist destination because you have so many… Continue reading

Japanese Art: Bridge in the Rain by Van Gogh based on the Altered Reality of Hiroshige

Japanese Art: Bridge in the Rain by Van Gogh based on the Altered Reality of Hiroshige Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist, Ando Hiroshige (1797-1858), is one of the most… Continue reading

Timeless Japanese Animation Classic: Princess Mononoke

Timeless Japanese Animation Classic: Princess Mononoke Sawako Uchida and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese anime film Princess Mononoke is a timeless classic. Indeed, aspects of the Muromachi period (approximately 1336… Continue reading

Japanese Artist inspired by L.S. Lowry: Japanese context of Northern England

Japanese Artist inspired by L.S. Lowry: Japanese context of Northern England Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The contemporary Japanese artist, Sawako Utsumi, is deeply moved by the art of L.S. Lowry (original… Continue reading

Japanese Female Literature: Trials and Tribulations of Michitsuna no Haha 935-995

Japanese Female Literature: Trials and Tribulations of Michitsuna no Haha 935-995 Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese female writer (diarist) and waka poet Michitsuna no Haha (Michitsuna’s mother) was born in… Continue reading

Buddhist Art, Sesshū Tōyō, and entrapment of time: Is Huike paying respect to Bodhidharma?

Buddhist Art, Sesshū Tōyō, and entrapment of time: Is Huike paying respect to Bodhidharma? Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist, Sesshū Tōyō (1420-1506), never questioned the Buddhist faith but in… Continue reading

Contemporary Japanese Artist inspired by the Kano School: Shinto Priest and Adorable Landscape

Contemporary Japanese Artist inspired by the Kano School: Shinto Priest and Adorable Landscape Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Kano School of Art is extremely renown for its deep roots that began… Continue reading

Art of Sengai Gibon and Rinzai Buddhism: Buddhist Contemplation and Artistic Outreach

Art of Sengai Gibon and Rinzai Buddhism: Buddhist Contemplation and Artistic Outreach Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   The inner-soul of Sengai Gibon (1750-1837) was always multidimensional and the flow that linked… Continue reading

IVF accounts for roughly 5 percent of all births in Japan: Room for Improvement

IVF accounts for roughly 5 percent of all births in Japan: Room for Improvement Kanako Itamae and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The extremely low birth rate in Japan is a worrying… Continue reading

Contemporary Japanese Artist and L.S. Lowry: Distance, Light, and Ideas

Contemporary Japanese Artist and L.S. Lowry: Distance, Light, and Ideas Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Sawako Utsumi hails from northern Japan and she is a contemporary Japanese artist, who equally adores art… Continue reading

Zen Buddhism and Japanese Art: the Inspirational Life of Hakuin Ekaku

Zen Buddhism and Japanese Art: the Inspirational Life of Hakuin Ekaku Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The holy Buddhist monk Hakuin Ekaku revived the school of Rinzai Buddhism based on taking Zen… Continue reading

Art of Japan and Eishōsai Chōki: Ladies of Beauty in Sublime Simplicity

Art of Japan and Eishōsai Chōki: Ladies of Beauty in Sublime Simplicity Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Very little is known about the Japanese artist Eishōsai Chōki apart from the rich art… Continue reading

Japan Art and Shini-e: Death Prints Commemorating Artists, Kabuki Actors, and Musicians

Japan Art and Shini-e: Death Prints Commemorating Artists, Kabuki Actors, and Musicians Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The world of ukiyo-e in Japan also covered the world of death by mainly commemorating… Continue reading

Twelfth Century Japanese Art of Tokiwa Mitsunaga: A Clouded Sky

Twelfth Century Japanese Art of Tokiwa Mitsunaga: A Clouded Sky   Lee Jay Walker   Modern Tokyo Times The twelfth-century Japanese artist, Tokiwa Mitsunaga, resided in a world of power politics related to… Continue reading