Tokyo Olympics and internal discontent over Covid-19

Tokyo Olympics and internal discontent over Covid-19 Kanako Mita and Sawako Utsumi Modern Tokyo Times Rumors continue about internal discontent within the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) concerning the holding of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. This is based on the continuing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis and increasing deaths in the first months of 2021. Hence, the…

Tokyo Olympics: 11,000 Covid deaths, Osaka crisis, but vaccines for athletes

Tokyo Olympics: 11,000 Covid deaths, Osaka crisis, but vaccines for athletes Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The priorities of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are summed up well by athletes being given vaccination priority despite the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis in Japan.…

Unpopular Tokyo Olympics: Japan Covid-19 serious cases hit a new high

Unpopular Tokyo Olympics: Japan Covid-19 serious cases hit a new high Kanako Mita and Sawako Utsumi Modern Tokyo Times The Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics remain unpopular despite the starting date getting nearer. Hence, irrespective of what Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) desire, the opposite remains. The…

Japan bypasses Emergency: Parts of Hyogo, Osaka, and Miyagi under new measures

Japan bypasses Emergency: Parts of Hyogo, Osaka, and Miyagi under new measures Sawako Uchida and Sawako Utsumi Modern Tokyo Times Daily infections of coronavirus (Covid-19) are increasing in parts of Japan once more. However, unlike past declarations of a State of Emergency, new measures have been announced outside this declaration. Therefore, fresh confusion abounds concerning…

Japan Health Minister apologizes for the large party despite Covid-19

Japan Health Minister apologizes for the large party despite Covid-19 Kanako Mita and Sawako Uchida Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese minister in charge of Health, Labor, and Welfare apologized deeply for 23 officials enjoying a late-night farewell party despite the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. Thus Tamura Norihisa apologized profusely for betraying the trust of the…

Japan in recent Covid-19 upturn again

Japan in recent Covid-19 upturn again Kanako Mita and Sawako Uchida Modern Tokyo Times The ebb and flow of coronavirus (Covid-19) in Japan is showing another upturn after coming down from highs earlier in the year. At the moment, apart from Sendai, the figures aren’t alarming to the sense of the previous few months. However,…

Japanese art and Torii Kiyonaga (1752-1815)

Japanese art and Torii Kiyonaga (1752-1815) Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese woodblock (ukiyo-e) artist Torii Kiyonaga was a very innovative artist who helped to enhance the prestige of the Torii School. Indeed, despite Kiyonaga not belonging to the Torii family, he still rose to the top and adopted this esteemed name. Kiyonaga…

Art of Japan and Asai Chu: The altered artistic landscape

Art of Japan and Asai Chu: The altered artistic landscape Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Meiji Restoration of 1868 led to many social convulsions and like all revolutionary periods you had many winners and losers. This applies to individuals who could adapt to the rapid changes in society. Hence, the art world was…

Japanese Art and Culture under Oda Nobunaga (1534-1582): Christianity to Liberalization

Japanese Art and Culture under Oda Nobunaga (1534-1582): Christianity to Liberalization Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The warlord Oda Nobunaga (1534-1582) was extremely multi-dimensional despite his harsh reputation. This single figure in Japanese history laid the foundation stone for the centralization of Japan based on his tenacity, creativity, openness to new thought patterns –…

Yorozu Tetsugoro and Japanese Art: independent artistic soul

Yorozu Tetsugoro and Japanese Art: independent artistic soul Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Yorozu Tetsugoro was born in 1885 and died of tuberculosis in 1927 after severe complications from pneumonia that finally took its toll. Sadly, all too often many artists in this period died young and the same fate awaited…

European Art: Paul Gauguin and L.S. Lowry

European Art: Paul Gauguin and L.S. Lowry Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times L.S. Lowry (1887-1976) became one of the greatest artists in Britain during the twentieth century despite facing many obstacles related to his artistic style. After all, his style was very individualistic alongside being extremely broad. Northern English people can certainly relate to…

Ukiyo-e Art of the Meiji Era is Undervalued

Ukiyo-e Art of the Meiji Era is Undervalued Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Meiji period (1868-1912) was very dynamic in many ways because of new thinking, modernization, radical change, and a plethora of other factors, altered the cultural landscape in all major cities. However, the countryside often ticked to a different beat despite…

Land of the Rising Sun and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Land of the Rising Sun and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) adored Japanese ukiyo-e just like many famous international artists who fell in love with this art form. Interestingly, Toulouse-Lautrec’s famous lifestyle would have fitted in well with the environment of Yoshiwara in Tokyo, which is famous…

Japanese Art and Ito Shinsui: A Lasting Legacy

Japanese Art and Ito Shinsui: A Lasting Legacy Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The artist Ito Shinsui (1898-1972) is a notable twentieth-century artist from the land of the rising sun. This applies to the amazing sophistication and grace of so many art pieces. Also, Shinsui didn’t negate the rich traditions of Japanese art despite…

Japanese Artist and Landscapes of Manchester: Blackley Forest, Heaton Park, and River Irk

Japanese Artist and Landscapes of Manchester: Blackley Forest, Heaton Park, and River Irk Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The contemporary Japanese artist, Sawako Utsumi, fuses the art world of Japan and Europe based on an array of areas. For example, from the inspiration of traditional Dutch art to the cityscapes of Paris. Similarly, her…