Three people die after 6.1-Magnitude Earthquake hits Osaka

Three people die after 6.1-Magnitude Earthquake hits Osaka Chika Mori and Kanako Itamae  Modern Tokyo Times A 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit Osaka just before 8 am this morning in Japan. Hence, the earthquake struck while adults and children were preparing for a busy day ahead. Sadly, three people perished, including a young 9-year-old-girl. Osaka – and…

Japan Tourism and Stunning Wakayama: Ticking Clock of Buddhism in Koyasan and Negoro-Ji

Japan Tourism and Stunning Wakayama: Ticking Clock of Buddhism in Koyasan and Negoro-Ji Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times If visitors to Japan have time to connect with spirituality, then Koyasan and Negoro-ji are charming places to visit in Wakayama, where living Buddhism is still ticking strongly. Indeed, the prefecture of Wakayama…

Kamisaka Sekka and Japanese Art: Rimpa and Culture despite Rapid Historical Changes

Kamisaka Sekka and Japanese Art: Rimpa and Culture despite Rapid Historical Changes 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 enormous convulsions that hit Japan in this period. Indeed, the lifespan of this amazing artist witnessed many revolutionary…

Wakayama Tourism, Buddhism and Negoro-ji: Japanese History, Religion and Culture

Wakayama Tourism, Buddhism and Negoro-ji: Japanese History, Religion and Culture Tomoko Hara and Sarah Deschamps Modern Tokyo Times Japan is blessed with amazing nature and the historical and cultural reality of this unique nation means that you have so many stunning places to visit. Wakayama prefecture is located in the Kansai region and throughout this…

Narashige Koide and Art of Japan: Portraiture Art, Still Life and Vibrant Nudes

Narashige Koide and Art of Japan: Portraiture Art, Still Life and Vibrant Nudes Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Yoga (Western-style) portraiture art and expressions of still life by Narashige Koide remain deeply embedded when thinking about this artist. Koide continued to develop through his relatively short life because he died at the age of…

Sublime Japanese Artist Yasui Sotaro: Environment of Kyoto to Western Style Portraiture

Sublime Japanese Artist Yasui Sotaro: Environment of Kyoto to Western Style Portraiture Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The sublime Japanese artist Yasui Sotaro (1888-1955) lived during a time of momentous changes. He witnessed the dynamics of a new Japan that emerged after the Meiji Restoration of 1868 that erased much of the Edo era.…

Ike No Taiga and Japan Art: Rich Legacy of China and Shattering the Myths of the Edo Period

Ike No Taiga and Japan Art: Rich Legacy of China and Shattering the Myths of the Edo Period Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Japanese art is very distinctive and contrasts greatly with classical European art. This notably applies to religious differences, environmental factors, culture, limited social interaction between both artistic poles – and other…

Tensho Shubun and Impact of China: Zen Buddhist Priest in 15th Century Japan

Tensho Shubun and Impact of China: Zen Buddhist Priest in 15th Century Japan Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   Artists in old Japan highlight the power and influence of China. At the same time, the uniqueness of Japanese culture also shines through because of specific elements that existed and influenced artists. In modern Japan…

Wakayama and Japanese Tourism: Koyasan, Shirahama, Kumano Kodo & Kii Peninsula

Wakayama and Japanese Tourism: Koyasan, Shirahama, Kumano Kodo & Kii Peninsula James Jomo and Kanako Itamae Modern Tokyo Times Wakayama prefecture in Japan is blessed with many amazing places to visit and the richness of culture and history can be felt throughout this lovely region. This notably applies to Wakayama Castle, Koyasan, Kumano Kodo pilgrimage…

Japanese Tourism in Stunning Koyasan in Wakayama: Kukai and Shingon Buddhism

Japanese Tourism in Stunning Koyasan in Wakayama: Kukai and Shingon Buddhism Olivier LeCourt and Tomoko Hara Modern Tokyo Times Wakayama prefecture in Japan is blessed with stunning scenery throughout this adorable part of Japan. Equally important is the power of history, religion and culture in Wakayama because you have many national and regional treasures which…

Osaka and Tokyo Fashion News: Guess and Frank & Eileen

Osaka and Tokyo Fashion News: Guess and Frank & Eileen Michel Lebon and Kanako Itamae Modern Tokyo Times Another year begins in the vibrant fashion scene of Japan and already in the first half of 2014 it is clear that many new changes have happened. This applies to brand expansions, new brands entering the Japanese…