Famous Japanese Buddhist Warrior of the Twelfth Century and Japanese Art: Rich Legacy of Benkei

Famous Japanese Buddhist Warrior of the Twelfth Century and Japanese Art: Rich Legacy of Benkei Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Saito no Musashibo Benkei (1155-1189) is a famous and highly esteemed Japanese warrior of the twelfth century. Not only is Benkei revered for his loyalty, prowess, and knowledge but also he is deeply admired…

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…

Holy Buddhist Warrior Monk and Japanese Art: Benkei (1155-1189)

Holy Buddhist Warrior Monk and Japanese Art: Benkei (1155-1189) Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The legendary Saito no Musashibo Benkei (1155-1189) is a sublime Japanese warrior monk who remained loyal to the very end. He served the historically famous Minamoto no Yoshitsune during a period of changing dynamics in the land of the rising…

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)…

Japan Artist and English Landscapes: Laburnum Tree, Brailsford Church, and Shinto Themes

Japan Artist and English Landscapes: Laburnum Tree, Brailsford Church, and Shinto Themes Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The recent oil painting by Sawako Utsumi, a Japanese contemporary artist, of a laburnum tree fits eloquently with her watercolor of a Christian Church in Brailsford, Derbyshire. This is based on the connection of the color yellow…

Japan and the Spirituality of Mountain Art: Buddhism, Shintoism, and Reflections

Japan and the Spirituality of Mountain Art: Buddhism, Shintoism, and Reflections Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Mount Fuji in Japan is a national symbol that signifies many things to respective individuals. Yet, irrespective of the ideas generated, it is clear that national identity and spirituality predominate. Therefore, the mystery of mountains in Japan –…

Art of Japan, Culture and Religion: Old World and Fusions of Modern Culture

Art of Japan, Culture and Religion: Old World and Fusions of Modern Culture Tomoko Hara and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Shintoism runs deep throughout Japanese religion even when outwardly Buddhism may appear predominant. This is based on fusions and gentle ideas that have penetrated various different Buddhist sects. Indeed, even when it appears…