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Tokyo Tourism: Old Tokyo Survives in Asakusa

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Tokyo Tourism: Old Tokyo Survives in Asakusa Sarah Deschamps and Michel Lebon Modern Tokyo Times Tokyo tourism provides an abundance of options because this highly developed city caters for so many tastes. This applies to amazing Japanese gardens, stunning art galleries, high octane fashion districts, a paradise for gamers, the beautiful Tenno palace, the beach […]

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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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Japan Tourism in Stunning Wakayama: Negoro-ji and Buddhism

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Japan Tourism in Stunning Wakayama: Negoro-ji and Buddhism Walter Sebastian and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Wakayama prefecture is a perfect place to visit for tourists who adore culture, architecture, the richness of Buddhism, the indigenous faith of Shintoism, stunning beaches, an amazing castle, and because of multiple other factors. Also, the closeness of […]

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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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Japanese Art and Ukiyo-e: The Chushingura

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The Chushingura by toshidama Maybe cultures choose the myths that suit their times or maybe it is the myth that inexorably shapes the culture which proceeds them. Either way there can be little doubt that myth and legend underpinned the culture of the late Edo period Japan in formative, disruptive and fundamental ways. Chief amongst […]

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Tokyo Tourism in Koto Ku: Kiyosumi Gardens, High Culture and Art

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Tokyo Tourism in Koto Ku: Kiyosumi Gardens, High Culture and Art Sarah Deschamps and Kanako Itamae Modern Tokyo Times Tokyoites and tourists to this fabulous city should make the most of Kiyosumi Gardens because it is one of the most adorable places to visit in this ultra-modern city. At the same time the Fukugawa Edo […]

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