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…

Shintoism and Japanese Folklore: Art, Ghost Stories and the Richness of Culture

Shintoism and Japanese Folklore: Art, Ghost Stories and the Richness of Culture Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Shintoism runs throughout the fabric of religion in Japan despite the powerful role of Buddhism within society. After all, Buddhism and other powerful influences including Confucianism emanate from outside this nation. Therefore, Shintoism influences folklore to various…

Kintaro in Japanese Folklore and Art

Kintaro in Japanese Folklore and Art Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Kintaro remains extremely popular in modern Japan because of the power of animation and other aspects of modern culture that maintains his rich visibility. In the Edo period the world of noh, kabuki and ukiyo-e provided a rich vein of information about Kintaro.…

Art of Japan and Yorozu Tetsugoro: Creativity and Freedom

Art of Japan and Yorozu Tetsugoro: Creativity and Freedom Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Yorozu Tetsugoro was born in 1885 and died of tuberculosis in 1927 after severe complications from pneumonia that finally took its toll. Sadly, all too often many artists in this period died young and the same fate awaited this genius…

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…

Art of Japan and Bunjin Ideas in the Edo Period: Richness of China, Japan and Korea

Art of Japan and Bunjin Ideas in the Edo Period: Richness of China, Japan and Korea Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Bunjinga school of thought ran deep within the literati of Japan during the Edo period. Bunjin (literati) artists trace their artistic roots to the literati of China during the Song Dynasty (960-1267). However, the differences between…

Japanese Art and Gyoshu Hayami: Flows of China, Europe and Japan

Japanese Art and Gyoshu Hayami: Flows of China, Europe and Japan Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Gyoshu Hayami (1894-1935) sadly passed away at a relatively young age but despite this the power of history and momentous changes influenced his artistic soul. Indeed, Gyoshu Hayami highlights much about the history of Japanese art based on…