Category Archive: Tokyo Lifestyle

Yukio Mishima: The Ultimate Ubermensch and the Last Great Japanese Author

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

Sendai Artist Inspired by Maurice Utrillo: Yuzo Saeki and Inner Passion

Sendai Artist Inspired by Maurice Utrillo: Yuzo Saeki and Inner Passion Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The French artist Maurice Utrillo (1883-1955), just like the British artist L.S. Lowry (1887-1976), are two… Continue reading

Utrillo and Contemporary Japanese Artist: Notre-Dame de Clignantcourt from Fresh Eyes

Utrillo and Contemporary Japanese Artist: Notre-Dame de Clignantcourt from Fresh Eyes Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Notre-Dame de Clignantcourt in the life of Maurice Utrillo (1883-1955) wasn’t a particularly historical and famous… Continue reading

Eishōsai Chōki and Stunning Art of Japan

Eishōsai Chōki and Stunning Art of Japan Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Edo Period in Japan enabled a plethora of Japanese woodblock artists to materialize. Astonishingly, in comparison with Christian and… Continue reading

Art of Japan and Influence of France: Oka Shikanosuke and his Admiration of Henri Rousseau

Art of Japan and Influence of France: Oka Shikanosuke and his Admiration of Henri Rousseau Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The dynamics of art in Japan from the Meiji Restoration of 1868… Continue reading

Japanese Animation and Timeless Classic: Princess Mononoke

Japanese Animation and Timeless Classic: Princess Mononoke Sawako Uchida and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese anime film Princess Mononoke is a timeless classic. Indeed, aspects of the Muromachi period (approximately… Continue reading

Art of Japan and Rinzai Buddhism: Buddhist Contemplation of Sengai Gibon to Artistic Outreach

Art of Japan and Rinzai Buddhism: Buddhist Contemplation of Sengai Gibon to Artistic Outreach Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Sengai Gibon (1750-1837) is a famous individual in Japanese art and history. This… Continue reading

Japan and the Spirituality of Mountain Art: Buddhism, Shintoism, and Reflections

Japan and the Spirituality of Mountain Art: Buddhism, Shintoism, and Reflections Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Mount Fuji in Japan is a national symbol that signifies many things to respective individuals. Yet,… Continue reading

Ghost in the Shell, from Classic Japanese Animation to a de-Japanized American Version

Ghost in the Shell, from Classic Japanese Animation to a de-Japanized American Version Kanako Itamae, Hiroshi Saito, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Ghost in the Shell is internationally recognized for being… Continue reading

Art of Japan and Dutch Art: Van Gogh and his Altered Reality of Hiroshige

Art of Japan and Dutch Art: Van Gogh and his Altered Reality of Hiroshige Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Ando (Utagawa) Hiroshige (1797-1858) is one of the most famous Japanese ukiyo-e artists… Continue reading

Mountain Range, the Tengu, Shintoism, and Tokyo Tourism: Mount Takao and Culture

Mountain Range, the Tengu, Shintoism, and Tokyo Tourism: Mount Takao and Culture Olivier LeCourt and Hiroshi Saito Modern Tokyo Times Japanese tourism is internationally famous because of many different angles. This applies to… Continue reading

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi and Art of Japan: Creativity, Depression, and Changing Times

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi and Art of Japan: Creativity, Depression, and Changing Times Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi literally lived in two worlds and this applies to not only the… Continue reading

Japanese History and Culture: Ikebana (living flowers)

Japanese History and Culture: Ikebana (living flowers) Sarah Deschamps and Kanako Itamae Modern Tokyo Times The history of ikebana (living flowers) is fascinating because it tells us a lot about aspects of Japanese… Continue reading

Meiji to the Mirage of Modern Tokyo Lady: Photography of Japan

Meiji to the Mirage of Modern Tokyo Lady: Photography of Japan Tomoko Hara and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Meiji Revolution of 1868 altered the internal and external dynamics of Japan… Continue reading

Sawako Utsumi and Art of Japan: Yokoyama Taikan and Sakai Hoitsu

Sawako Utsumi and Art of Japan: Yokoyama Taikan and Sakai Hoitsu Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   Sawako Utsumi is a modern artist from Japan who adores the richness of European and… Continue reading

Modern Japanese Artist and Utrillo: Seasonal Change of Notre-Dame de Clignantcourt

Modern Japanese Artist and Utrillo: Seasonal Change of Notre-Dame de Clignantcourt Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Notre-Dame de Clignantcourt in the life of Maurice Utrillo (1883-1955) wasn’t a particularly historical and famous… Continue reading

Japanese Artist and Maurice Utrillo: The Mundane Becomes Illuminated

Japanese Artist and Maurice Utrillo: The Mundane Becomes Illuminated Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The French artist Maurice Utrillo (1883-1955), just like the British artist L.S. Lowry (1887-1976), are two of the… Continue reading

Japan Art and the Spirit Of Shinto: Ukiyo-e in the Light of Nature and Shintoism

Japan Art and the Spirit Of Shinto: Ukiyo-e in the Light of Nature and Shintoism Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Recently, the modern Japanese artist, Sawako Utsumi, produced two stunning pieces of… Continue reading

Art of Japan and Keisai Eisen: Tenaciousness in Adversity

Art of Japan and Keisai Eisen: Tenaciousness in Adversity Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The artist Keisai Eisen (1790-1848) matured quickly based on many deaths within his family. This reality meant that… Continue reading

Art of Japan, Historical Revolution and Sadahide: Bijin-ga to Yokohama-e

Art of Japan, Historical Revolution and Sadahide: Bijin-ga to Yokohama-e Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The artist Utagawa Sadahide (Gountei Sadahide) lived to see the first years of Japanese modernization that began… Continue reading

Japanese Artist and Aert Van Der Neer: Christianity, Dutch Art, Edo Period and Altered Realities

Japanese Artist and Aert Van Der Neer: Christianity, Dutch Art, Edo Period and Altered Realities Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Dutch Golden Age of art is a true blessing because the… Continue reading

Art of Japan and Refinement of Bijinga and Nishiki-e: Beauty of Torii Kiyonaga

Art of Japan and Refinement of Bijinga and Nishiki-e: Beauty of Torii Kiyonaga Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Torii Kiyonaga (1752-1815) was an extremely stylish Japanese woodblock (ukiyo-e) artist who belonged to… Continue reading

Nichiren Buddhism and the Japanese Art Form of Rinpa: Old Kyoto and Modern Art

Nichiren Buddhism and the Japanese Art Form of Rinpa: Old Kyoto and Modern Art Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Japanese historical art is blessed with many forms inspired internally and from the… Continue reading

Fujishima Takeji and Japanese Art: Romanticism and Impressionism of European Art

Fujishima Takeji and Japanese Art: Romanticism and Impressionism of European Art Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Fujishima Takeji was born in (1867-1943) Kagoshima and during his informative years he studied brushwork techniques… Continue reading

Art of Japan and Kamisaka Sekka: Richness of Japanese Art and Culture

Art of Japan and Kamisaka Sekka: Richness of Japanese Art and Culture Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times If you view the sublime simplicity of art by Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942) then it is… Continue reading

Isoda Koryusai and Art of Japan: Samurai Background to Art

Isoda Koryusai and Art of Japan: Samurai Background to Art Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Isoda Koryusai is a man of mystery even today because much remains up in the air about… Continue reading

Classic Japanese Animation: Hotaru no Haka (Grave of the Fireflies) and Brutality of War

Classic Japanese Animation: Hotaru no Haka (Grave of the Fireflies) and Brutality of War Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Grave of the Fireflies is a very moving animation film that focuses on… Continue reading

Japanese Art and Yokoyama Taikan: Loyalty, Nationalism and Creativity

Japanese Art and Yokoyama Taikan: Loyalty, Nationalism and Creativity Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Yokoyama Taikan (1868-1958) was born in the prefecture of Ibaraki but he moved to Tokyo in 1878. This… Continue reading

Gyoshu Hayami: Art Forms of Japan, Richness of Imperial China and European Art

Gyoshu Hayami: Art Forms of Japan, Richness of Imperial China and European Art Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Gyoshu Hayami (1894-1935) was extremely inquisitive and this applies to various… Continue reading

Japanese Edo Artist Totoya Hokkei: Fusion of Ideas

Japanese Edo Artist Totoya Hokkei: Fusion of Ideas Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese ukiyo-e artist Totoya Hokkei studied under the internationally famous Hokusai Katsushika. He was born in 1780 and… Continue reading

Art of Japan, Culture and Religion: Old World and Fusions of Modern Culture

Art of Japan, Culture and Religion: Old World and Fusions of Modern Culture Tomoko Hara and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Shintoism runs deep throughout Japanese religion even when outwardly Buddhism may… Continue reading

Japanese Art and Utamaro: Illumination of Bijin-ga

Japanese Art and Utamaro: Illumination of Bijin-ga Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The exact date of the birth of Utamaro Kitagawa and strong details about his parents remain shrouded in mystery. It… Continue reading