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Sukenobu and Japanese Art: Women in Imperial Kyoto

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Sukenobu and Japanese Art: Women in Imperial Kyoto Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The printmaker Nishikawa Sukenobu (1671-1750) was unusual by ukiyo-e standards because he was based in the imperial city of Kyoto and therefore he was an “outsider” in some ways. However, this fact also gave him more freedom to focus on his […]

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Japanese Art and Takehisa: Kotoku and Radical Political Forces

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Japanese Art and Takehisa: Kotoku and Radical Political Forces Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Yumeji Takehisa produced many stunning pieces of art but just like Shusui Kotoku, the revolutionary anarchist, and friend, he was caught up in the world of political intrigues and clashes of culture. His friendship with Shusui Kotoku meant that “within […]

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Women in Imperial Kyoto Glimpsed Through the Art of Nishikawa Sukenobu

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Women in Imperial Kyoto Glimpsed Through the Art of Nishikawa Sukenobu Tomoko Hara Modern Tokyo Times Nishikawa Sukenobu was born in 1671 and until his death in the middle of the eighteenth century, this stunning artist opened up aspects of the role of women in Japanese society. Also, with Sukenobu being based in Kyoto then […]

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Japan Art and the Diverse Artistic Nature of Yorozu Tetsugoro: Son of Iwate

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Japan Art and the Diverse Artistic Nature of Yorozu Tetsugoro: Son of Iwate Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times All too often in the old world many artists died from tuberculosis and complications related to this terrible killer. Sadly Yorozu Tetsugoro was another victim to this potent killer therefore he died relatively young. Yorozu Tetsugoro […]

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Japan Art and Oni Demon: Mythology, Namazu and Yoshitaki

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Japan Art and Oni Demon: Mythology, Namazu and Yoshitaki Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Utagawa Yoshitaki (1841-1899) produced several stunning pieces of art related to the oni demon. In the main image in this article called the Oni Demon and Catfish you have two very powerful forces at play. Therefore, the individual in this image faces the wrath […]

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Kuniyoshi’s Faithful Samurai – The Bathos of Victory

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Kuniyoshi’s Faithful Samurai – The Bathos of Victory by toshidama I was struck, looking at some of the very beautiful images from Kuniyoshi’s 1847 series of the 47 Ronin, by the bathos of the figures – the tremendous sense of anticlimax that runs through so many of the prints. This was after all, the defining set […]

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Japan Art and Utamaro Kitagawa: Amazing Art to a Prison Cell

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Japan Art and Utamaro Kitagawa: Amazing Art to a Prison Cell Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The exact date of the birth of Utamaro Kitagawa and strong details about his parents remain shrouded in mystery. It is known that this striking ukiyo-e artist was born in the middle of the eighteenth century and that […]

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Japan Art and Ogata Gekko: Fashion and Culture in Meiji Era

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Japan Art and Ogata Gekko: Fashion and Culture in Meiji Era Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Ogata Gekko was a very individualistic artist who had a rich style that was based on his upbringing.  This applies to mainly being self-taught but this can be over-played because his free spirit was from within. Also, times […]

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Japanese Art and History: Tragedy of the Boy Emperor Antoku

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Japanese Art and History: Tragedy of the Boy Emperor Antoku Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The boy Emperor Antoku tragically perished before reaching seven years of age because of the political convulsions of the late twelfth century in Japan. His death and that of loyalists within the Taira says much about the cultural mindset […]

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Smithsonian and Japanese Art Exhibition – Kiyochika: Master of the Night

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Smithsonian and Japanese Art Exhibition – Kiyochika: Master of the Night Tomoko Hara Modern Tokyo Times The Smithsonian will provide an amazing glimpse into a lost Tokyo through the medium of art. Not surprisingly, it’s the work of Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847-1915), an artist of unique creativity and vision, which is illuminating this change. By visiting […]

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