Category Archive: Japan lifestyle

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

Poetry – The kingfisher dies

Poetry – The kingfisher dies I walked around this world in a haze Not knowing, nor seeking, the falsehood of another faith or culture After all, the kingfisher flew and dived Then a… Continue reading

Jakushitsu Genkō (1290-1367) and Buddhist Poetry in old Japan

Jakushitsu Genkō (1290-1367) and Buddhist Poetry in old Japan Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Jakushitsu Genkō (1290-1367) is a famous Japanese Rinzai Buddhist preacher who became the first abbot of the Eigen-ji… 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

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

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

Japanese Art and Depicting Kabuki: Two Contrasting Styles

Japanese Art and Depicting Kabuki: Two Contrasting Styles Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Utagawa Toyokuni was born in 1769 and died in 1825 during the Edo Period in Japan. Sadly, despite producing… Continue reading

3.5 Million Japanese Children face Poverty: Japan Announces $1 Billion for International Children

3.5 Million Japanese Children face Poverty: Japan Announces $1 Billion for International Children Kanako Itamae and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The government of Japan pledges $1 billion dollars to support the… Continue reading

Japanese Art and Kume Keiichirō: The son of the esteemed historian Kume Kunitake

Japanese Art and Kume Keiichirō: The son of the esteemed historian Kume Kunitake Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Kume Keiichirō (1866-1934) belongs to the Meiji, Taisho, and Showa periods… Continue reading

Buddhism, Japanese Art, and the Middle Kingdom (China): Rich Legacy of Tensho Shubun

Buddhism, Japanese Art, and the Middle Kingdom (China): Rich Legacy of Tensho Shubun Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Tensho Shubun was deeply influenced by landscape artists from the Middle… Continue reading

Kobayashi Kiyochika the Japanese Meiji Artist: Personal Tragedy and Early Life

Kobayashi Kiyochika the Japanese Meiji Artist: Personal Tragedy and Early Life Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847-1915) belongs to a very intriguing period in Japan. This is… Continue reading

Soga Shōhaku (1730-1781) and Japanese Art: Intriguing Approach to Artistic Convention

Soga Shōhaku (1730-1781) and Japanese Art: Intriguing Approach to Artistic Convention Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   The Japanese artist, Soga Shōhaku (1730-1781), was born into a wealthy household during the Edo… Continue reading

Contemporary Japanese Artist and Shintoism: Kano School and Independent Spirit of Sawako Utsumi

Contemporary Japanese Artist and Shintoism: Kano School and Independent Spirit of Sawako Utsumi Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Sawako Utsumi is a contemporary Japanese artist who hails from the land of the… Continue reading

Art of Japan and Adorable Art of Totoya Hokkei (1780-1850)

Art of Japan and Adorable Art of Totoya Hokkei (1780-1850) Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Totoya Hokkei (1780-1850) was born during the Edo Period and while he passed away well before the… Continue reading

Japan Art and Watanabe Kazan: Artist, Ideals of Confucianism, the State Apparatus, and Seppuku

Japan Art and Watanabe Kazan: Artist, Ideals of Confucianism, the State Apparatus, and Seppuku Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The artist Watanabe Kazan (1793-1841) highlights the fact that social mobility could break… Continue reading

Tanomura Chikuden and Art of Japan: Bunjin-ga, China, and Confucianism

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

Japanese Poetry and Abe no Nakamaro (698-770): Tang Dynasty of the Middle Kingdom

Japanese Poetry and Abe no Nakamaro (698-770): Tang Dynasty of the Middle Kingdom Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese scholar and poet, Abe no Nakamaro (698-770), resided in the world of… Continue reading

Contemporary Japanese Artist: The Fading Spirit of Kano Chikanobu Awakened by Shintoism

Contemporary Japanese Artist: The Fading Spirit of Kano Chikanobu Awakened by Shintoism Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The contemporary Japanese artist Sawako Utsumi in her latest art piece titled The Fading Spirit… Continue reading

Kaita Murayama and Japanese Art: A flower cut down before blooming

Kaita Murayama and Japanese Art: A flower cut down before blooming Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist and writer Kaita Murayama faded from this earth at the young age of… Continue reading

Japanese Poetry of Kakinomoto no Hitomaro: Impact of the Asuka Period

Japanese Poetry of Kakinomoto no Hitomaro: Impact of the Asuka Period Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   The Japanese waka poet Kakinomoto no Hitomaro belongs to the world of the seventh century… Continue reading

Japanese Art and Kanae Yamamoto (Part Two): Impact of Europe and Socialism

Japanese Art and Kanae Yamamoto (Part Two): Impact of Europe and Socialism Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times In my first article about Kanae Yamamoto (1882-1946), the emphasis was on his childhood, areas… Continue reading

Japanese Art and Kanae Yamamoto (Part One): Difficult Early Years

Japanese Art and Kanae Yamamoto (Part One): Difficult Early Years Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The artist Kanae Yamamoto (1882-1946) witnessed many momentous historical events throughout his lifetime. Yet, despite the waves… Continue reading

Japanese Buddhist Poet Saigyō (1118-1190): Nature, Shintoism, and the Light of the Buddha

Japanese Buddhist Poet Saigyō (1118-1190): Nature, Shintoism, and the Light of the Buddha Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese Buddhist poet Saigyō Hōshi (birth name Satō Norikiyo) was born in 1118… Continue reading

Japanese Artist and Landscapes of Manchester: Blackley Forest, Heaton Park, and River Irk

Japanese Artist and Landscapes of Manchester: Blackley Forest, Heaton Park, and River Irk Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The contemporary Japanese artist, Sawako Utsumi, fuses the art world of Japan and Europe… Continue reading

Japanese Buddhist Poetry by Jakushitsu (1290-1367): Why pursue words, when one truly seeks silence?

Japanese Buddhist Poetry by Jakushitsu (1290-1367): Why pursue words, when one truly seeks silence? Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Jakushitsu Genkō (1290-1367) is a famous Japanese Rinzai Buddhist preacher who became the… Continue reading

High Peak Art by Japan Artist: Castleton and other Villages of the Peak District

High Peak Art by Japan Artist: Castleton and other Villages of the Peak District Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   The contemporary Japanese artist, Sawako Utsumi, feels at home when viewing the… Continue reading

Legendary Japanese Female Warrior: Tomoe Gozen and the Female Samurai Class

Legendary Japanese Female Warrior: Tomoe Gozen and the Female Samurai Class Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese legendary female warrior, Tomoe Gozen, is a prime example that the compliant image of… Continue reading