Japanese Zen Buddhist poetry by Sesson Yūbai and the impact of the Middle Kingdom (China)

Japanese Zen Buddhist poetry by Sesson Yūbai and the impact of the Middle Kingdom (China) Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The notable Japanese Zen Buddhist monk, Sesson Yūbai (1290-1346?), witnessed the richness of culture during his stay in the Middle Kingdom (China) and the darkness of the ruling elites who imprisoned him. Hence, his…

Japanese poet of bygone years: Kakinomoto no Hitomaro

Japanese poet of bygone years: Kakinomoto no Hitomaro Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   The Japanese waka poet Kakinomoto no Hitomaro belongs to the world of the seventh century and the very early eighth century, prior to perishing from this world. His legacy remains in the vestiges of Japanese high culture because he belongs…

Japanese art and Confucianism: Watanabe Kazan (1793-1841)

Japanese art and Confucianism: Watanabe Kazan (1793-1841) Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   Watanabe Kazan (1793-1841) was a very thoughtful artist who came from Japan. Ethics wise, the morality and wisdom of Confucianism impacted greatly on this exceptional artist. Therefore, Watanabe focused on helping ordinary people in the Tahara Domain (in the environs of…

Confucianism and the piety of the Japanese artist Watanabe Kazan (1793-1841)

Confucianism and the piety of the Japanese artist Watanabe Kazan (1793-1841) Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   Watanabe Kazan (1793-1841) was a very thoughtful artist who came from Japan. Ethics wise, the morality and wisdom of Confucianism impacted greatly on this exceptional artist. Therefore, Watanabe focused on helping ordinary people in the Tahara Domain…

Japanese Zen Buddhist Poet of Rinzai School: Sesson Yūbai (1290-1346) and China

Japanese Zen Buddhist Poet of Rinzai School: Sesson Yūbai (1290-1346) and China Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Sesson Yūbai (1290-1346) became a notable literati Zen Buddhist monk of the Rinzai School during his lifetime. In this period of Japanese history the flows of Kamakura, Kyoto, and Nara, maintained a rich cultural theme. Therefore, Sesson…