Art of Japan: Beauty inspired by nature

Art of Japan: Beauty inspired by nature Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Hayami Gyoshū (1894-1935) was born in Tokyo and art would become a way of life from a very young age. Like other artists born in the Meiji Period (1868-1912) a new Japan was dawning. Hence, the old traditional art forms were now…

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…

Rinpa art and freestyle: Nineteenth-century Japanese artist

Rinpa art and freestyle: Nineteenth-century Japanese artist Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The life of Ikeda Koson (1803-1868) is difficult to put together because many areas remain unknown. Yet, he was blessed to study under the renowned Sakai Hôitsu (1761-1828). Hôitsu firmly belonged to a very different Japan that was steeped by the traditions…

Art of Japan: Beauty in simplicity!

Art of Japan: Beauty in simplicity! Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The delightful school of rinpa (rimpa) art covers a notable art form that hails from Japan. Rinpa spans many centuries and in modern times this art form continues to represent Japanese high culture. Therefore, international and internal exhibitions continue to inspire. Nichiren Buddhism…

Art of Japan: Buddhist Monk and Winter

Art of Japan: Buddhist Monk and Winter Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Sawako Utsumi fuses a stunning landscape with a wandering Buddhist monk in the bleak midwinter of Japan. Indeed, the religious angle, be it Buddhism, Christianity, or Shintoism, is a theme that pops up often in her art. However, her faith is embedded…

Japanese artist and her colorful and spiritual nuance of Maurice Utrillo

Japanese artist and her colorful and spiritual nuance of Maurice Utrillo Lee Jay Walker  Modern Tokyo Times Sawako Utsumi is a delightful contemporary Japanese artist who hails from northern Japan. In her latest art piece, she focuses once more on Maurice Utrillo (1883-1955). However, as usual, her nuance to the original by Utrillo is reshaped…

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 his life was blighted by poverty. It is difficult to imagine the real world that engulfed Dutch artists in the sixteenth and…

Art of Japan and Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847-1915)

Art of Japan and Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847-1915) Tomoko Hara and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847-1915) fought on the wrong side of history if you happen to be a pro-Meiji supporter during his early years. The alternative view is that he fought on the side that desired to preserve the status quo…

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 unique mountain. Internationally, Mount Fuji is famous and for individuals flying to Japan for the first time, then the view is amazing…