Tokyo art and Koshiro Onchi: Sosaku Hanga

Tokyo art and Koshiro Onchi: Sosaku Hanga Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times  The Japanese artist Koshiro Onchi (1891-1955) was a printmaker born into privilege. He belongs to the Sosaku Hanga (creative prints) art movement. Onchi, and other Japanese artists, sought a more individual approach rather than the collaborative nature of ukiyo-e.  The Krannert Art Museum (the University of Illinois) says, “The creative…

Japan art and Yamamura Kōka (Toyonari): Meiji to Showa 

Japan art and Yamamura Kōka (Toyonari): Meiji to Showa  Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Yamamura Kōka (Toyonari) was born in the Meiji Period (1868-1912) and died during the Showa Era. Hence, Yamamura witnessed the growing pains of nationalism, modernity, and the hope of more freedom during the Taisho Period (1912-1926). However, having died in 1942, his last…

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…

Richness of Japanese Art: Ito Shinsui

Richness of Japanese Art: Ito Shinsui Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The artist Ito Shinsui (1898-1972) is a notable twentieth century artist from the land of the rising sun. This applies to the amazing sophistication and grace of so many art pieces. Also, Shinsui didn’t negate the rich traditions of Japanese art despite being…