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…

Japanese art during the Nanboku-chō period

Japanese art during the Nanboku-chō period Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The holy Buddhist monk Kaō Ninga belongs to the world of the Nanboku-chō period of bygone days. However, while the ideas of the fourteenth century represent the highpoint of his artistic life during the Muromachi period, earlier ideas equally blessed this gifted monk.…

Japan art: Cultural art during momentous political changes

Japan art: Cultural art during momentous political changes Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The artist Ishizaki Kōyō (1884-1947) hails from the prefecture of Toyama in Japan. He was the fifth born son of a merchant family. Therefore, from a very early age, his path was set and secure. Kōyō studied under Yamamoto Koichi when…

Adorable landscapes by Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Adorable landscapes by Utagawa Kuniyoshi Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Utagawa Kuniyoshi is among the crème de la crème of ukiyo-e artists because his artwork remains powerful in modern times.  Kuniyoshi, just like other famous Japanese artists like Ando Hiroshige and Katsushika Hokusai, was very diverse. This is because the window of a new…

Japanese Landscapes by Kuniyoshi

Japanese Landscapes by Kuniyoshi Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Utagawa Kuniyoshi is among the crème de la crème of ukiyo-e artists because his artwork remains powerful in modern times.  Kuniyoshi, just like other famous Japanese artists like Ando Hiroshige and Katsushika Hokusai, was very diverse. This is because the window of a new Japan…

Adorable Japanese Landscapes by Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Adorable Japanese Landscapes by Utagawa Kuniyoshi Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Utagawa Kuniyoshi is among the crème de la crème of ukiyo-e artists because his artwork remains powerful in modern times.  Kuniyoshi, just like other famous Japanese artists like Ando Hiroshige and Katsushika Hokusai, was very diverse. This is because the window of a…

Contemporary Japanese Artist: The Fading Spirit of Kano Chikanobu Awakened by Shintoism

Contemporary Japanese Artist: The Fading Spirit of Kano Chikanobu Awakened by Shintoism Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The contemporary Japanese artist Sawako Utsumi in her latest art piece titled The Fading Spirit of Kano Chikanobu Awakened by Shintoism, provides an adorable individual approach. This applies to a fusion of homage to Kano Chikanobu (1660-1728)…

Japanese Artist Keisai Eisen: Poverty and Independence

Japanese Artist Keisai Eisen: Poverty and Independence Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Keisai Eisen (1790-1848) learned to be independent at an early age because he chose a path that was fraught with economic danger. In a sense, Keisai Eisen represents aspects of “the real Edo period” for individuals who resided in big cities in…

Art of Japan and Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Art of Japan and Utagawa Kuniyoshi Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Utagawa Kuniyoshi is among the crème de la crème of ukiyo-e artists because his artwork is truly amazing and so powerful.  Kuniyoshi, just like other famous Japanese artists like Ando Hiroshige and Katsushika Hokusai, was very diverse. This is because the window of…

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…

Richness of Japanese Art: Ito Shinsui

Richness of Japanese Art: Ito Shinsui 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 being…

Utagawa Kuniyoshi and Japanese Art: Natural Beauty in a Changing World

Utagawa Kuniyoshi and Japanese Art: Natural Beauty in a Changing World Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Utagawa Kuniyoshi is amongst the crème de la crème of ukiyo-e artists because his artwork was truly amazing and so powerful.  Kuniyoshi, just like other famous Japanese artists like Ando Hiroshige and Katsushika Hokusai, was very diverse. This…