Twelfth-century Japanese art and the historical angle

Twelfth-century Japanese art and the historical angle Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The artist Tokiwa Mitsunaga was highly acclaimed in twelfth-century Japan. This notably applies to his “Annual Rites and Ceremonies” dated in 1173. Hence, people can get an insight into the various ceremonies that lit up the compound of the palace. Mitsunaga lived…

Tokyo News: Tokyo more reluctant than Aichi, Hyogo, Kyoto, and Osaka in lifting Covid-19 emergency

Tokyo News: Tokyo more reluctant than Aichi, Hyogo, Kyoto, and Osaka in lifting Covid-19 emergency Chika Mori and Sawako Utsumi Modern Tokyo Times The government State of Emergency concerning the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis officially lifts on March 7. However, the prefectures of Aichi, Hyogo, Kyoto, and Osaka have requested the lifting of the State of…

Myanmar violence disturbs Japan and calls for reinstalling democracy

Myanmar violence disturbs Japan and calls for reinstalling democracy Kanako Mita and Noriko Watanabe Modern Tokyo Times The government of Japan is increasingly disturbed by the use of violence by the security apparatus in Myanmar. Hence, unlike Western nations that failed to support Myanmar during the democratic path under State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi,…

Japan reliance on foreign Covid-19 vaccines and bottlenecks: China and Russia helping internationally

Japan reliance on foreign Covid-19 vaccines and bottlenecks: China and Russia helping internationally Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times China, Japan, and the Russian Federation all belong to the geographic space of Northeast Asia. Indeed, the Russian Federation is a transcontinental nation. However, despite China and the Russian Federation producing coronavirus (Covid-19)…

Tokyo News: Japanese lawmakers enjoy Tokyo nightlife while people suffer from Covid-19 anguish

Tokyo News: Japanese lawmakers enjoy Tokyo nightlife while people suffer from Covid-19 anguish Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Tokyo and other parts of Japan are currently under the State of Emergency because of the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. However, several lawmakers – despite knowing that thousands of people are awaiting hospital care…

Japanese art and re-connecting people to imagined bygone days

Japanese art and re-connecting people to imagined bygone days Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Many individuals in modernized nations often look back to an imagined time of serenity. Of course, the reality is most likely different. Yet aspects of cultural identity and continuity appeal. Therefore, irrespective if art emanates from China, France, Japan, or…

Art of Japan and wisdom of Watanabe Kazan (1793-1841): Covid-19, economic struggles, and Confucianism

Art of Japan and wisdom of Watanabe Kazan (1793-1841): Covid-19, economic struggles, and Confucianism Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The wisdom of Confucius impacted enormously on the Japanese artist Watanabe Kazan (1793-1841). Hence, this esteemed artist helped the marginalized in the Tahara Domain (the environs of Aichi Prefecture in modern-day Japan) during the Tenpo…

Rinpa art: The bridge of Edo and Meiji on his artistic soul

Rinpa art: The bridge of Edo and Meiji on his artistic soul Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Sakai Dōitsu (1845-1913) belongs to the world of Edo and Meiji despite dying in the early Taisho period. Like many artists who spanned a similar timeline, he witnessed enormous convulsions. However, despite the modernization…

Japan continues to welcome Western military support in East Asia aimed at China: UK strike group

Japan continues to welcome Western military support in East Asia aimed at China: UK strike group Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times If you view history through the prism of longevity then China wasn’t a threat to Japan. Nor did this nation endanger the sovereignty of Japan. On the contrary, for over…

Japan art and the window of Nagasaki: Impact of China

Japan art and the window of Nagasaki: Impact of China Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Edo Period (1603-1868) is known for keeping foreign people out and gradually closing the country. However, the past cultural bonds that shaped Japanese high culture preserved. Hence the small window of Nagasaki enabled a limited opportunity for Shen…