Japanese art during the Nanboku-chō period

Japanese art during the Nanboku-chō period Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The holy Buddhist monk Kaō Ninga belongs to the world of the Nanboku-chō period of bygone days. However, while the ideas of the fourteenth century represent the highpoint of his artistic life during the Muromachi period, earlier ideas equally blessed this gifted monk.…

IOC announces Refugee Team to compete in Tokyo despite Japan being anti-refugee

IOC announces Refugee Team to compete in Tokyo despite Japan being anti-refugee Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times In the modern political world, everything is about grand statements. The same applies to countless corporations and sporting organizations. Yet, the real world is very different. Hence, the announcement by the International Olympic Committee…

Mixed Covid-19 news in Japan: Minor testing in Tokyo

Mixed Covid-19 news in Japan: Minor testing in Tokyo Kanako Mita and Sawako Utsumi Modern Tokyo Times Deaths from coronavirus (Covid-19) reached over 13,000 yesterday in Japan. However, with the Olympics on the horizon and major cities remaining jam-packed, the usual lack of urgency remains. The recent focus on increasing the vaccination program in Japan…

Art of Japan: Nature in stunning simplicity

Art of Japan: Nature in stunning simplicity Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Sakai Hōitsu (1761-1829) created a delightful triptych that is referred by the title Snow, the Moon, and Cherry Blossoms. Interestingly, Hōitsu completed the three motifs when he was 60 years old. The reason why this is fascinating is that…

Tokyo Olympics and internal discontent over Covid-19

Tokyo Olympics and internal discontent over Covid-19 Kanako Mita and Sawako Utsumi Modern Tokyo Times Rumors continue about internal discontent within the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) concerning the holding of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. This is based on the continuing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis and increasing deaths in the first months of 2021. Hence, the…

Japan art: Cultural art during momentous political changes

Japan art: Cultural art during momentous political changes Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The artist Ishizaki Kōyō (1884-1947) hails from the prefecture of Toyama in Japan. He was the fifth born son of a merchant family. Therefore, from a very early age, his path was set and secure. Kōyō studied under Yamamoto Koichi when…