Japan art and Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891)

Japan art and Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891) Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The artist Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891) belongs to the Edo and Meiji periods of Japanese history. He fully understood the artistic shifting sands that took place in Japan. However, while Zeshin gained notoriety outside Japan, he was often deemed outside the lacquerer angle with…

Japan art and Tomioka Tessai (1837-1924): Anti-China and modern nationalism 

Japan art and Tomioka Tessai (1837-1924): Anti-China and modern nationalism  Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times  The Japanese artist Tomioka Tessai (1837-1924) witnessed unimaginable changes throughout his life. He was born during the Edo Period, which began in 1603. However, this period of Japanese history was eclipsed by the modernization processes of the Meiji Era (1868-1912) –…

Japan art and Toshikata Mizuno (1866-1908)

Japan art and Toshikata Mizuno (1866-1908) Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Toshikata Mizuno (1866-1908) was born in Tokyo. His world was the Meiji Period (1868-1912) which altered Japan enormously. This equally applies to internal and external convulsions because Japanese military expansionism began in Northeast Asia. Mizuno began to study printmaking when 13…

Japan art and Yokoyama Taikan: A mirror into the brutal world of history 

Japan art and Yokoyama Taikan: A mirror into the brutal world of history Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times  The Japanese artist Yokoyama Taikan (1868-1958) was a child of the Meiji Restoration (1868-1912). He witnessed Japanese militarism and dramatic changes after World War Two. Japan, like all nations, had major political differences – hence, some supported…

Art of Japan and Kume Keiichirō: Stability despite the change

Art of Japan and Kume Keiichirō: Stability despite the change Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Kume Keiichirō (1866-1934) belongs to the Meiji, Taisho, and Showa periods of history in the land of the rising sun. In truth, Keiichirō avoided the convulsions that impacted on many during such momentous changes during the…

Japanese art and Kawamura Kiyoo (1852-1934): Changing times but sublime continuity

Japanese art and Kawamura Kiyoo (1852-1934): Changing times but sublime continuity Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Kawamura Kiyoo (1852-1934) created many amazing pieces of art during a period of rapid political change. He was born in the old world of the Edo Period (1603-1868) and he witnessed the modernization of the…

Art of Japan: Esteemed family background of Kume Keiichirō

Art of Japan: Esteemed family background of Kume Keiichirō Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Kume Keiichirō (1866-1934) belongs to the Meiji, Taisho, and Showa periods of history in the land of the rising sun. In truth, Keiichirō avoided the convulsions that impacted on many during such momentous changes during the Meiji…