Art of Japan and Homage to Aert Van Der Neer

Art of Japan and Homage to Aert Van Der Neer Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The artist Aert van der Neer (1603-1677) belongs to the Dutch Golden Age of art but sadly his life was blighted by poverty. It is difficult to imagine the real world that engulfed Dutch artists in the sixteenth and…

Japanese Art, Pythagoras, and Plotinus: Ideas from Simplicity

Japanese Art, Pythagoras, and Plotinus: Ideas from Simplicity Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Still life art became a specific specialization within Western art by the final decades of the sixteenth century. Of course, this artistic theme can be traced back to Ancient Graeco-Roman art and within various elements of other cultures. However, this applies…

Japanese Art and the two paths of Buddhism and Shintoism: Faith in the Snow without Abraham

Japanese Art and the two paths of Buddhism and Shintoism: Faith in the Snow without Abraham Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The latest art piece by Sawako Utsumi, a contemporary Japanese artist who hails from Northern Japan, utilizes the snowy landscape by highlighting the respective strengths of Buddhism and Shintoism despite terrible adversity. Of…

Japan Artist inspired by Alfred Sisley: Tranquility through Japanese eyes and cultural warning

Japan Artist inspired by Alfred Sisley: Tranquility through Japanese eyes and cultural warning Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The artist Alfred Sisley painted many adorable landscapes through the medium of impressionism. Yet, to many individuals with limited knowledge of art, his name remains relatively unknown in comparison with other impressionist artists. However, this doesn’t…

Japanese Artist inspired by L.S. Lowry: Japanese context of Northern England

Japanese Artist inspired by L.S. Lowry: Japanese context of Northern England Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The contemporary Japanese artist, Sawako Utsumi, is deeply moved by the art of L.S. Lowry (original below). Indeed, several art pieces done by Utsumi relate to playing on certain Japanese themes while focusing on the original. Therefore, in…

Art of Japan and the Kami of Shinto: Mountains in Blue

Art of Japan and the Kami of Shinto: Mountains in Blue Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The modern Japanese artist, Sawako Utsumi, hails from northern Japan. In this article, the focus is on three recent art pieces related to stunning mountains. Unlike this art piece, the faith of Shinto played a significant part in…

Shintoism and Japanese Poetry: Arakida Moritake (1473-1549)

Shintoism and Japanese Poetry: Arakida Moritake (1473-1549) Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The poetry of Arakida Moritake (1473-1549) was inspired by the flows of the past, the reality of nature, and the Shinto faith that meant so much to him. Not surprisingly, in the history of Japan prior to the modernization period of the…

Japanese and British Art: Sendai to Northern English Cities

Japanese and British Art: Sendai to Northern English Cities Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times L.S. Lowry (1887-1976) and Sawako Utsumi come from two very different cultures that have been shaped by the respective faiths of Buddhism, Christianity, and Shintoism. Of course, in modern day Japan and the United Kingdom then secularism is altering the…

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 and Landscapes of Manchester: Blackley Forest, Heaton Park, and River Irk

Japanese Artist and Landscapes of Manchester: Blackley Forest, Heaton Park, and River Irk Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The contemporary Japanese artist, Sawako Utsumi, fuses the art world of Japan and Europe based on an array of areas. For example, from the inspiration of traditional Dutch art to the cityscapes of Paris. Similarly, her…

Japanese Buddhist Poetry by Jakushitsu (1290-1367): Why pursue words, when one truly seeks silence?

Japanese Buddhist Poetry by Jakushitsu (1290-1367): Why pursue words, when one truly seeks silence? Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Jakushitsu Genkō (1290-1367) is a famous Japanese Rinzai Buddhist preacher who became the first abbot of the Eigen-ji temple that was built in his honor. He reportedly said about poetry, “Why pursue words, when one…

Japanese Art and Esaias Van De Velde: Christian Churches and Dutch Villages Through Japanese Eyes

Japanese Art and Esaias Van De Velde: Christian Churches and Dutch Villages Through Japanese Eyes Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The contemporary Japanese artist Sawako Utsumi adores the richness of Dutch Art from the distant past of the fifteenth to seventeenth century. In this article, the focus is firmly on Esaias van de Velde…

Artist from Japan, Heptonstall Church, and Shintoism: Blurred Lines of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath

Artist from Japan, Heptonstall Church, and Shintoism: Blurred Lines of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The contemporary Japanese artist, Sawako Utsumi, adores the visual reality of traditional villages and towns in the Calderdale area of West Yorkshire. This noticeably applies to quaint old Christian churches that have survived modernity,…

Utrillo and Contemporary Japanese Artist: Notre-Dame de Clignantcourt from Fresh Eyes

Utrillo and Contemporary Japanese Artist: Notre-Dame de Clignantcourt from Fresh Eyes Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Notre-Dame de Clignantcourt in the life of Maurice Utrillo (1883-1955) wasn’t a particular historical and famous Christian church in Paris. However, this Catholic place of worship certainly hit a right chord with Utrillo because he painted this scene,…