Category Archive: Tokyo art

Contemporary Japan artist inspired by the Dutch master Hendrick Avercamp

Contemporary Japan artist inspired by the Dutch master Hendrick Avercamp Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The contemporary Japanese artist Sawako Utsumi is once more focusing on the world of Dutch art. This… Continue reading

Art and Poetry: Typhoons and earthquakes take asunder to this cold earth

Art and Poetry: Typhoons and earthquakes take asunder to this cold earth In a flash, all love that was embraced was over The beauty of the child, the lady, the male, the grandparents,… Continue reading

Japanese art and Confucianism: Watanabe Kazan (1793-1841)

Japanese art and Confucianism: Watanabe Kazan (1793-1841) Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   Watanabe Kazan (1793-1841) was a very thoughtful artist who came from Japan. Ethics wise, the morality and wisdom of… Continue reading

Art of Japan and the two paths of Buddhism and Shintoism: Faith in the snow without Abraham

Art of Japan and the two paths of Buddhism and Shintoism: Faith in the snow without Abraham Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The latest art piece by Sawako Utsumi, a contemporary Japanese… Continue reading

Contemporary Japanese artist inspired by Alfred Sisley: Japanese eyes and cultural warning

Contemporary Japanese artist inspired by Alfred Sisley: Japanese eyes and cultural warning Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The artist Alfred Sisley painted many adorable landscapes through the medium of impressionism. Yet, to… Continue reading

Short poem – The kingfisher dies

Short poem – 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… Continue reading

Contemporary Japanese Art and Shintoism: The spirit of Sawako Utsumi and the Kano School

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

Eishōsai Chōki and art of Japan: The elegance of simplicity

Eishōsai Chōki and art of Japan: The elegance of simplicity Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Very little is known about the Japanese artist Eishōsai Chōki apart from the rich art he produced.… Continue reading

Japan art and Kanzan Shimomura: Famous son of Wakayama and his early artistic life in Tokyo

Japan art and Kanzan Shimomura: Famous son of Wakayama and his early artistic life in Tokyo Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The artist Kanzan Shimomura (1873 to 1930) is a famous son… Continue reading

Japanese Art and the intriguing nature of Hayami: Northern Renaissance to Bunjinga

Japanese Art and the intriguing nature of Hayami: Northern Renaissance to Bunjinga Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The artist Gyoshu Hayami (1894-1935) was born in the Meiji era whereby Japan entered a… Continue reading

Rinzai Buddhism and the Buddhist artistic outreach of Sengai Gibon

Rinzai Buddhism and the Buddhist artistic outreach of Sengai Gibon Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   The inner-soul of Sengai Gibon (1750-1837) was always multidimensional and the flow that linked all fusions… Continue reading

Art of Japan and the mystery of Utamaro

Art of Japan and the mystery of Utamaro Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The distinguished art of Utamaro Kitagawa is known internationally based on his stunning art. This notably applies to the… Continue reading

Kanae Yamamoto (Part Two) and art of Japan: Europe and Socialism

Kanae Yamamoto (Part Two) and art of Japan: 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 related… Continue reading

Art of Japan and the reality of poverty: The independent spirit of Eisen

Art of Japan and the reality of poverty: The independent spirit of Eisen Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Keisai Eisen (1790-1848) learned to be independent at an early age because he chose… Continue reading

Japanese art and Kawamura Kiyoo (1852-1934): Changing times but sublime continuity

Japanese art and Kawamura Kiyoo (1852-1934): Changing times but sublime continuity Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Kawamura Kiyoo (1852-1934) created many amazing pieces of art during a period of… Continue reading

Art of Japan and Ando Hiroshige: Landscapes to being a Buddhist Monk

Art of Japan and Ando Hiroshige: Landscapes to being a Buddhist Monk Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Japanese art internationally focuses overwhelmingly on rich cultural angles in relation to high culture and… Continue reading

Japanese Art and a youthful flower cut down: Kaita Murayama

Japanese Art and a youthful flower cut down: Kaita Murayama Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist and writer Kaita Murayama faded from this earth at the young age of 22.… Continue reading

Saburosuke Okada and Art of Japan: Impact of Paris

Saburosuke Okada and Art of Japan: Impact of Paris Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Saburosuke Okada (1869-1939) was born one year after the Meiji Restoration of 1868 and he would witness many… Continue reading

Ito Shinsui opened up the “old mirror” of Japanese art

Ito Shinsui opened up the “old mirror” of Japanese art Lee Jay Walker  Modern Tokyo Times Ito Shinsui (1898-1972) is one of the greatest twentieth-century artists to emanate from Japan. Despite his early… Continue reading

Watanabe Kazan and Japan Art: Ideals of Confucianism to bleakness of Seppuku

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

Art of Japan: Esteemed family background of Kume Keiichirō

Art of Japan: Esteemed family background of Kume Keiichirō Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Kume Keiichirō (1866-1934) belongs to the Meiji, Taisho, and Showa periods of history in the… Continue reading

Art of Japan and Homage to Aert Van Der Neer

Art of Japan and Homage to Aert Van Der Neer Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The artist Aert van der Neer (1603-1677) belongs to the Dutch Golden Age of art but sadly… Continue reading

Contemporary Japanese Artist and Buddhism: Nichiren in the Snow during Exile on Sado Island

Contemporary Japanese Artist and Buddhism: Nichiren in the Snow during Exile on Sado Island Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Nichiren (1222-1282) is one of the most famous Buddhist teachers to emanate from… Continue reading

Katsukawa Shunshō and Japanese Art (1726-1793): Major Influence in the Edo Period

Katsukawa Shunshō and Japanese Art (1726-1793): Major Influence in the Edo Period Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   The Japanese artist called Katsukawa Shunshō isn’t particularly famous outside of Japan. Indeed, even… Continue reading

Japan Artist and the Frailty of Life: Yuko Saeki and his one-sided love affair with France

Japan Artist and the Frailty of Life: Yuko Saeki and his one-sided love affair with France Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Yuzo Saeki is one of the most intriguing artists to have… Continue reading

Japanese Folklore, Shintoism, and Ghost Themes in Art

Japanese Folklore, Shintoism, and Ghost Themes in Art Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Shintoism runs throughout the fabric of religion in Japan despite the powerful role of Buddhism within society. After all,… Continue reading

Japanese Art and Power of Mount Fuji

Japanese Art and Power of Mount Fuji Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Mount Fuji in Japan means many things to different individuals because of the symbolic importance of this highly impressive and… Continue reading

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

English Landscape Art by Japanese Artist: Nature, Old Christian Church, and Spirit of Shinto

English Landscape Art by Japanese Artist: Nature, Old Christian Church, and Spirit of Shinto Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Sawako Utsumi is a Japanese contemporary artist who fuses aspects of Japanese art… 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

Western Encroachment and Japanese Art: Yokohama-e and Sadahide

Western Encroachment and Japanese Art: Yokohama-e and Sadahide Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Utagawa Sadahide (Gountei Sadahide) witnessed the first years of modernization in Japan that emerged after the 1868 Meiji Restoration.… Continue reading

Art and Cultural Impact of Tomoe Gozen: Female Warrior

Art and Cultural Impact of Tomoe Gozen: Female Warrior Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese legendary female warrior, Tomoe Gozen, is a prime example that the compliant image of females in… Continue reading