Buddhist Art, Sesshū Tōyō, and entrapment of time: Is Huike paying respect to Bodhidharma?

Buddhist Art, Sesshū Tōyō, and entrapment of time: Is Huike paying respect to Bodhidharma? Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist, Sesshū Tōyō (1420-1506), never questioned the Buddhist faith but in an artistic sense, he felt constrained by the time of his day. Indeed, the stunning and intriguing art piece titled Huike Offering…

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

Art of Sengai Gibon and Rinzai Buddhism: Buddhist Contemplation and Artistic Outreach Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   The inner-soul of Sengai Gibon (1750-1837) was always multidimensional and the flow that linked all fusions was Buddhism. Artistic wise, we will never know the real capabilities of Sengai because his art and writings were based…

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, irrespective of the ideas generated, it is clear that national identity and spirituality predominate. Therefore, the mystery of mountains in Japan –…

Japan Art and Fusions of Sekka by Sawako Utsumi: Buddhist Monks, Shinto and Nightfall

Japan Art and Fusions of Sekka by Sawako Utsumi: Buddhist Monks, Shinto and Nightfall Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   Japanese Shinto Shrine and Isolated Buddhist Monk Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942) utilized part of his art by focusing on simplicity but within the realm of sophistication based on hidden meanings. Of course, individuals can create…

Japanese Art by Sawako Utsumi: Buddhism, Shintoism and the Gradual Fading of Kamisaka Sekka

Japanese Art by Sawako Utsumi: Buddhism, Shintoism and the Gradual Fading of Kamisaka Sekka Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The highly esteemed Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942) produced stunning pieces of art during rapid changes in the land of the rising sun. These changes in Japan equally apply to times of openness and modernity, to times…