Japan art, China, and Zen Buddhism: Hakuin Ekaku (1686-1769) 

Japan art, China, and Zen Buddhism: Hakuin Ekaku (1686-1769) Lee Jay Walker  Modern Tokyo Times  Hakuin Ekaku (1686-1769) was a highly revered Zen Buddhist who utilized art, calligraphy, and other cultural angles to promote Buddhism. Rinzai Buddhism was stagnating because many ordinary people felt isolated. Therefore, Hakuin – and Sengai Gibon (1750-1837), a fellow Rinzai…

Colombia and 145 activists killed in 2021: Young indigenous activist killed this year 

Colombia and 145 activists killed in 2021: Young indigenous activist killed this year Kanako Mita, Sawako Utsumi, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Another 145 people in Colombia were killed in 2021 concerning their respective human rights activity. Every year people are killed for speaking up for the dispossessed and communities who suffer at the…

Saitama tourism and Buddhism: Delightful Chichibu

Saitama tourism and Buddhism: Delightful Chichibu Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Chichibu is a great place to visit. This concerns refreshing the soul, connecting with nature, walking in the mountains, enjoying outdoor sports, shopping for cultural items, and browsing around this lovely part of Saitama. Also, the landscape, irrespective of whether…

Dutch winter landscapes based on Hendrick Avercamp by Japanese artist 

Dutch winter landscapes based on Hendrick Avercamp by Japanese artist Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The contemporary Japanese artist Sawako Utsumi adores Dutch art. This concerns the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries because this period was a Golden Age concerning the number of esteemed Dutch artists with unique styles (all inspired by Dutch and Flemish Renaissance…

Kazakhstan witnesses quick pull out of CSTO forces: Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan 

Kazakhstan witnesses quick pull out of CSTO forces: Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan  Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev of Kazakhstan was quick to request the support of members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). This was after a planned uprising occurred that witnessed two members of the security forces being…

Kazakhstan in “shoot to kill order” to protect National Security

Kazakhstan in “shoot to kill order” to protect National Security Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev of Kazakhstan ordered a “shoot to kill order” against violent “bandits and terrorists.” He told internal security forces to “use lethal force without warning.” He poured cold water on international calls for compromise. This is partly…

PM Hamdok resigns in Sudan: Internal crisis is growing 

PM Hamdok resigns in Sudan: Internal crisis is growing Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times  The political paralysis gripping Sudan is continuing. At the same time, ongoing protests remain against the military and civilian elites who supported the initial coup under the auspices of General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan. Therefore, despite the reinstatement…

Buddhism and the Japanese calligrapher Sugawara Mitsushige: Bodhisattva Kannon

Buddhism and the Japanese calligrapher Sugawara Mitsushige: Bodhisattva Kannon Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The inscription of the Japanese calligrapher Sugawara Mitsushige dates the scroll to 1257. Thus the start of the brief Shoka era. Also, in this period of Japanese history, the famous Buddhist monk Nichiren (1222-1282) spread new ideas and reinvigorated Buddhism…

China and Japan Defense Ministers hold frank talks on Tokyo’s request

China and Japan Defense Ministers hold frank talks on Tokyo’s request Kanako Mita and Sawako Utsumi  Modern Tokyo Times  The Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi held frank talks with the Minister of National Defense from China. Wei Fenghe, the Minister of National Defense, is a general in the People’s Liberation Army.  Kishi hails from a…

Sudan tensions erupt again after protests in Khartoum

Sudan tensions erupt again after protests in Khartoum Kanako Mita, Sawako Utsumi, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan of Sudan reinstated Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok last month. This happened after mounting internal and international pressure. However, with the military still having power mechanisms to alter the path to democracy, many in…

Japan poetry and a life blighted by ill-health: Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902)

Japan poetry and a life blighted by ill-health: Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902) Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The final years of the life of Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902) were filled with pain and long-lasting suffering. Ultimately, his life was cut short from the ravages of tuberculosis and other ailments that stemmed from this.  Shiki understood the frailty…

Islamists kill many in Burkina Faso and Niger

Islamists kill many in Burkina Faso and Niger Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Islamic terrorists have killed many once more in Burkina Faso and Niger. Recently, Burkina Faso and Niger launched military operations against Islamist forces. Apparently, during these military operations, they killed approximately 100 terrorists.  However, Sunni Islamic terrorists affiliated…

Japan art and culture: Kaihō Yūshō (1533-1615), Buddhism, and China 

Japan art and culture: Kaihō Yūshō (1533-1615), Buddhism, and China  Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Kaihō Yūshō (1533-1615) lived and breathed Buddhism, high culture, the arts, and the richness of Chinese culture. Yūshō was a lay Buddhist priest who fused the arts, ethics, faith, philosophy, and other aspects of Japanese high…

Burkina Faso and Niger kill roughly 100 Islamist terrorists

Burkina Faso and Niger kill roughly 100 Islamist terrorists Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times In two weeks of military operations between Burkina Faso and Niger, it is reported that they have killed roughly 100 Islamist terrorists. Hence, the recent joint initiative will increase anti-terrorist operations between both nations. Sunni Islamist terrorists…

India and the Russian Federation to strengthen ties: Putin to meet Modi

India and the Russian Federation to strengthen ties: Putin to meet Modi Kanako Mita, Sawako Utsumi, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times  The Russian Federation values its relationship with India. This feeling is reciprocated. Hence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India will welcome President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation with open arms. Therefore,…

Japan art and the individualism of Nagasawa Rosetsu (1754-1799)

Japan art and the individualism of Nagasawa Rosetsu (1754-1799) Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Nagasawa Rosetsu (1754-1799) lived during the Edo Period. Various opinions exist concerning his background. However, irrespective of this, Rosetsu was blessed with an independent artistic spirit. He felt deep tragedy throughout his adult life. This concerns the…