Changing dynamics of Japanese art during the Meiji era

Changing dynamics of Japanese art during the Meiji era Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Utagawa Sadahide (Gountei Sadahide) witnessed the first years of modernization in Japan that emerged after the 1868 Meiji Restoration. Yet, prior to this dramatic period in Japanese history, the artist Sadahide depicted aspects of Western encroachment. Indeed, while many spectrums…

Art of Japan and changing times: Yokohama-e and Western encroachment

Art of Japan and changing times: Yokohama-e and Western encroachment Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Utagawa Sadahide (Gountei Sadahide) witnessed the first years of modernization in Japan that emerged after the 1868 Meiji Restoration. Yet, prior to this dramatic period in Japanese history, the artist Sadahide depicted aspects of Western encroachment. Indeed, while many…

Art of Japan and the mystery of Utamaro

Art of Japan and the mystery of Utamaro Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The distinguished art of Utamaro Kitagawa is known internationally based on his stunning art. This notably applies to the depiction of beautiful women (bijin-ga). However, while Utamaro is internationally famous, his life remains shrouded in mystery based on many areas remaining…

Western Encroachment and Japanese Art: Yokohama-e and Sadahide

Western Encroachment and Japanese Art: Yokohama-e and Sadahide Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Utagawa Sadahide (Gountei Sadahide) witnessed the first years of modernization in Japan that emerged after the 1868 Meiji Restoration. Yet, prior to this dramatic period in Japanese history, the artist Sadahide depicted aspects of Western encroachment. Indeed, while many spectrums of…

Utamaro and Japanese Art: Mystery and Bijin-ga

Utamaro and Japanese Art: Mystery and Bijin-ga Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The distinguished art of Utamaro Kitagawa is known internationally based on his stunning art. This notably applies to the depiction of beautiful women (bijin-ga). However, while Utamaro is internationally famous, his life remains shrouded in mystery based on many areas remaining foggy.…

Art of Japan and Western Encroachment: Utagawa Sadahide (Gountei Sadahide) and Yokohama-e

Art of Japan and Western Encroachment: Utagawa Sadahide (Gountei Sadahide) and Yokohama-e Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Utagawa Sadahide (Gountei Sadahide) witnessed the first years of modernization in Japan that emerged after the 1868 Meiji Restoration. Yet, prior to this dramatic period in Japanese history, the artist Sadahide depicted aspects of Western encroachment. Indeed,…

Bijin-ga and Art of Japan: Utamaro and Mystery

Bijin-ga and Art of Japan: Utamaro and Mystery Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Utamaro Kitagawa is internationally famous because of his stunning art and this notably applies to the art of beautiful women (bijin-ga). Despite this, the life of Utamaro is shrouded in mystery because many areas remain foggy. Therefore, it is the art…

Revolutionary Period in Japan and the Artist Sadahide

Revolutionary Period in Japan and the Artist Sadahide Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The artist Utagawa Sadahide (Gountei Sadahide) lived to see the first years of Japanese modernization that began in 1868 with the start of the Meiji Restoration. Intriguingly, he also focused on depicting foreign nationals that were now allowed to enter Japan…

Utamaro and Impact of Japanese Art: Impressionism and Bijin-ga

Utamaro and Impact of Japanese Art: Impressionism and Bijin-ga Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Utamaro Kitagawa is internationally famous because of his stunning art and this notably applies to the art of beautiful women (bijin-ga). Despite this, the life of Utamaro is shrouded in mystery because many areas remain foggy. Therefore, it is the…

Japanese Art and Sadahide: Bijin-ga to Yokohama-e and Historical Revolution

Japanese Art and Sadahide: Bijin-ga to Yokohama-e and Historical Revolution Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The artist Utagawa Sadahide (Gountei Sadahide) lived to see the first years of Japanese modernization that began in 1868 with the start of the Meiji Restoration. Intriguingly, he also focused on depicting foreign nationals that were now allowed to…

Japanese Art and Isoda Koryusai: Unique Background

Japanese Art and Isoda Koryusai: Unique Background Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Isoda Koryusai is a man of mystery even today because much remains up in the air about important aspects of his life. Koryusai was born in 1735 and died in 1790. He became active during the 1760s and until a few years…

Japanese Art and Utamaro Kitagawa: Beautiful Ladies and Impressionism

Japanese Art and Utamaro Kitagawa: Beautiful Ladies and Impressionism Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Utamaro Kitagawa is internationally famous because of his stunning art and this notably applies to the art of beautiful women (bijin-ga). Despite this, the life of Utamaro is shrouded in mystery because many areas remain foggy. Therefore, it is the…

Images of Men and Women in Japanese Woodblock Prints

Images of Men and Women in Japanese Woodblock Prints Toshidama Gallery The current exhibition at the Toshidama Gallery shows twenty-four prints of men and women, all of them from the nineteenth century. Immediately obvious is how, despite stylistic and technical development, images of men remain pretty consistent throughout the period; yet women go through a…