Category Archive: Japan culture

Art of Japan and Kiyoo: Social and political convulsions but artistic continuity

Art of Japan and Kiyoo: Social and political convulsions but artistic continuity Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Kawamura Kiyoo (1852-1934) created many amazing pieces of art during a period… Continue reading

Japanese culture and literature: A female tale that lasts the centuries

Japanese culture and literature: A female tale that lasts the centuries Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Murasaki Shikibu (Lady Murasaki) is the most famous Japanese lady in history because she wrote The… Continue reading

High culture and the Japanese Tea Ceremony: Legacy of history and formal settings

High culture and the Japanese Tea Ceremony: Legacy of history and formal settings James Jomo, Kanako Itamae, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese green tea ceremony was first documented in… 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

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

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 of Japan and the Death Prints of Shini-e

Art of Japan and the Death Prints of Shini-e Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The world of ukiyo-e in Japan also covered the world of death by mainly commemorating artists, kabuki actors,… Continue reading

Japanese Art and Ando Hiroshige: Multiple Dimensions

Japanese Art and Ando Hiroshige: Multiple Dimensions Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Ando Hiroshige is deemed to be one of the finest artists to bless the country of Japan. On top of… Continue reading

Japanese Art and the Rich Legacy of China and Confucianism: Tanomura Chikuden

Japanese Art and the Rich Legacy of China and Confucianism: Tanomura Chikuden Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Tanomura Chikuden (1777-1835) graced the world of Japanese art because he flowed naturally within the… Continue reading

Art of Japan and the impact of Northern English cities on Sawako Utsumi

Art of Japan and the impact of Northern English cities on Sawako Utsumi Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times L.S. Lowry (1887-1976) and Sawako Utsumi come from two very different cultures that have… 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

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

Old Japan and Poetry of bygone days: Yamabe no Akahito

Old Japan and Poetry of bygone days: Yamabe no Akahito Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese poet Yamabe no Akahito belongs to the Nara period of history in the eighth century.… Continue reading

International animation fans in mourning over the death of Isao Takahata: Grave of the Fireflies

International animation fans in mourning over the death of Isao Takahata: Grave of the Fireflies Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times If individuals adore animation, then the all-time classic Grave of the Fireflies… 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 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

Art of Japan and Sekka: Tranquility despite upheavals

Art of Japan and Sekka: Tranquility despite upheavals Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times If you view the sublime simplicity of art by Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942) then it is difficult to image the… 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

Japanese art and Kawamura Kiyoo (1852-1934): Changing times but sublime continuity

Japanese art and Kawamura Kiyoo (1852-1934): Changing times but sublime continuity Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Kawamura Kiyoo (1852-1934) created many amazing pieces of art during a period of… Continue reading

Japan art and the last Ukiyo-e knell of the Meiji Era: Western artists inspired by Japan

Japan art and the last Ukiyo-e knell of the Meiji Era: Western artists inspired by Japan Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Ukiyo-e art is especially linked with the Edo Period (1603-1868) but… Continue reading

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