Category Archive: Japan lifestyle

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

Japanese Poetry and Shintoism: Arakida Moritake (1473-1549)

Japanese Poetry and Shintoism: Arakida Moritake (1473-1549) Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The poetry of Arakida Moritake (1473-1549) was inspired by the flows of the past, the reality of nature, and the… Continue reading

Japanese Art and Esaias Van De Velde: Christian Churches and Dutch Villages Through Japanese Eyes

Japanese Art and Esaias Van De Velde: Christian Churches and Dutch Villages Through Japanese Eyes Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The contemporary Japanese artist Sawako Utsumi adores the richness of Dutch Art… Continue reading

Art of Japan and Western Encroachment: Utagawa Sadahide (Gountei Sadahide) and Yokohama-e

Art of Japan and Western Encroachment: Utagawa Sadahide (Gountei Sadahide) and Yokohama-e Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Utagawa Sadahide (Gountei Sadahide) witnessed the first years of modernization in Japan that emerged after… Continue reading

Japan Artist and Nichiren the Buddhist Preacher: Trilogy of Exile in the Snow on Sado Island

Japan Artist and Nichiren the Buddhist Preacher: Trilogy of Exile in the Snow on Sado Island Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Nichiren (1222-1282) is one of the most famous Buddhist teachers to… Continue reading

Seventh and Early Eighth Century Japanese Poetry by Kakinomoto no Hitomaro

Seventh and Early Eighth Century Japanese Poetry by Kakinomoto no Hitomaro Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Kakinomoto no Hitomaro is a highly esteemed poet of the distant past in the land of… Continue reading

Diverse Art by the Japanese Artist Shiba Kōkan (1747-1818): Dutch Art and European Studies

Diverse Art by the Japanese Artist Shiba Kōkan (1747-1818): Dutch Art and European Studies Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   The Japanese artist Shiba Kōkan is a fascinating artist and individual of… Continue reading

Art of Japan and Tensho Shubun: Zen Buddhist Priest and High Culture of China

Art of Japan and Tensho Shubun: Zen Buddhist Priest and High Culture of China Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Middle Kingdom of China impacted greatly on Japanese high culture and this… Continue reading

Japanese Poems by Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902): The Shadow of Tuberculosis

Japanese Poems by Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902): The Shadow of Tuberculosis Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The famous Japanese poet Masaoka Shiki was born in 1867 just one year before the Meiji Restoration… Continue reading

Art, Culture, and Shintoism in Japan: Faith in the Shadow of Modernity

Art, Culture, and Shintoism in Japan: Faith in the Shadow of Modernity Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Buddhist temples from various sects appear to dominate the religious discourse in Japan but inwardly… Continue reading

Japanese Art and Poetry: Yosa Buson and Impact of China

Japanese Art and Poetry: Yosa Buson and Impact of China Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Yosa Buson (1716-1784) belongs to the world of Japanese poetry because his haiku is highly acclaimed, saying… Continue reading

Yukio Mishima: The Last Great Japanese Author and Ultimate Ubermensch

Yukio Mishima: The Last Great Japanese Author and Ultimate Ubermensch Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The genius of Yukio Mishima remains vivid today, just like it did yesterday. Indeed, unlike the authors… Continue reading