Saitama tourism: Heirinji Buddhist Temple and adorable compound

Saitama tourism: Heirinji Buddhist Temple and adorable compound Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The adorable Buddhist compound of Heirinji (Heirin-ji) in the prefecture of Saitama is a real treat. This relates to the Heirinji Rinzai Buddhist Temple and the delightful woodlands that surround the ancient graveyard. Therefore, the sense of the…

America and Japan in usual anti-China mantra under Biden and Suga

America and Japan in usual anti-China mantra under Biden and Suga Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The former leader of Japan, Shinzo Abe, could contain anti-China hawks during his leadership. However, it is noticeable under Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga that the Japanese Foreign Ministry is enacting a hawkish policy aimed at…

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 is mulling Covid-19 vaccination travel passports

Japan is mulling Covid-19 vaccination travel passports Sawako Utsumi and Sawako Uchida Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese government is mulling the issuing of coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccination passports for international travel. Similarly, the European Union (EU) is touting a similar policy and other nations outside of this trade bloc. However, with vaccinations obviously in their infancy…

Tokyo tourism: Todoroki Valley and the natural flow of Buddhism and Shintoism

Tokyo tourism: Todoroki Valley and the natural flow of Buddhism and Shintoism Sawako Utsumi and Kanako Mita Modern Tokyo Times The Todoroki Valley in Tokyo is a nice quaint walk to connect with nature. Indeed, the close proximity to Jiyugaoka and Futako Tamagawa means budding tourists can enjoy the amazing contrasts with the Todoroki Valley.…

Japan utilizes America, Australia, and India to lambast China during the Quad summit

Japan utilizes America, Australia, and India to lambast China during the Quad summit Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan utilized the Quad summit with America, Australia, and India to lambast China. Indeed, this is a familiar tactic while all nations maintain strong economic ties with China…

Tokyo Olympic Committee shamelessly plugs the Olympics on March 11: Earthquake and tsunami

Tokyo Olympic Committee shamelessly plugs the Olympics on March 11: Earthquake and tsunami Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The tenth anniversary of the brutal Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, took place today. However, the President of the Tokyo Organizing Committee, Seiko Hashimoto, shamelessly sought to exploit this tragic…

Tokyo News: Tokyo Olympics looks set to be held without overseas spectators

Tokyo News: Tokyo Olympics looks set to be held without overseas spectators Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times According to various sources, the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics look set to be held without overseas spectators. At the moment, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) isn’t confirming this. However, with the coronavirus (Covid-19) State…

Deaths decline in Japan last year concerning Covid-19 convulsions

Deaths decline in Japan last year concerning Covid-19 convulsions Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The international convulsions from the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis are extremely different for many nations. In the worst-case scenario, life expectancy suffered based on the number of coronavirus deaths in many nations including America, Belgium, Brazil, and the…

Tokyo News: Tokyo more reluctant than Aichi, Hyogo, Kyoto, and Osaka in lifting Covid-19 emergency

Tokyo News: Tokyo more reluctant than Aichi, Hyogo, Kyoto, and Osaka in lifting Covid-19 emergency Chika Mori and Sawako Utsumi Modern Tokyo Times The government State of Emergency concerning the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis officially lifts on March 7. However, the prefectures of Aichi, Hyogo, Kyoto, and Osaka have requested the lifting of the State of…

Art of Japan and Rinpa inspired art in modern times

Art of Japan and Rinpa inspired art in modern times Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese contemporary artist, Sawako Utsumi, produced an adorable art piece based on rinpa (rimpa). In the past, Utsumi also heavily focused on Sakai Hōitsu (1761-1828) concerning rinpa. However, in her latest rinpa art piece, the emphasis is on…

Myanmar coup leaders face increasing protests

Myanmar coup leaders face increasing protests Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The military coup in Myanmar against the State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi – and her political allies – is triggering increasing protests. Hence, the internal convulsions of the military coup are still unfolding. Protests denouncing the military coup continue…