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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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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 Fashion Through the Eyes of Torii Kiyonaga

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Japanese Art and Fashion Through the Eyes of Torii Kiyonaga  Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Torii Kiyonaga (1752-1815) was an extremely stylish ukiyo-e artist who belonged to the Torii school. His rise to the top of this school highlights many aspects of Japanese culture within the art world because he wasn’t related to the Torii […]

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Japanese Art with Toshidama Gallery: Censorship and The Art of Woodblock

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Censorship and The Art of Woodblock toshidama The last show in 2013 of Japanese prints at the Toshidama Gallery is a collection of fine works from the nineteenth century. The first part of the exhibition is devoted to the fine series, A Comparison of The Ogura One Hundred Poets. That is followed by six Osaka actor heads […]

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Shigeru Aoki, poverty and illness: Japanese Art in the Meiji era and influence of Europe

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Shigeru Aoki, poverty and illness: Japanese Art in the Meiji era and influence of Europe Modern Tokyo Times Lee Jay Walker Shigeru Aoki passed away at the age of 28 in 1911 therefore his life was curtailed because of ill health. Despite this, he left a legacy in the art world of Japan because of […]

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Japanese Artist Fujishima Takeji and Allure of Western Art: Romanticism and Impressionism

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Japanese Artist Fujishima Takeji and Allure of Western Art:  Romanticism and Impressionism  Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Fujishima Takeji was born in (1867-1943) Kagoshima and during his informative years he learnt brushwork techniques in 1882 from Togaku Hirayama. However, in 1884 Fujishima Takeji moved to Tokyo and at first he studied traditional Japanese painting under […]

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Japanese Ukiyo-e: Savoring the moon and adrift within the world of reality

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Japanese Ukiyo-e: Savoring the moon and adrift within the world of reality  Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The amazing aspect of ukiyo-e is that nothing is hidden and you can witness stunning landscapes, the world of sinister ghosts, elegant fashion, beautiful ladies, murders, military ventures, holy religious leaders, strong images of sexuality whereby nothing […]

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Art, chaos and Meiji modernity in Japan: The world of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

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Art, chaos and Meiji modernity in Japan: The world of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi  Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi literally lived in two worlds and this applies to not only the Edo Period and Meiji Period but also to a chaotic lifestyle. However, despite this, Yoshitoshi produced stunning art and he was […]

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Torii Kiyonaga and Japanese Art: Bijinga and Fashion in the Edo Period

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Torii Kiyonaga and Japanese Art: Bijinga and Fashion in the Edo Period Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Torii Kiyonaga (1752-1815) was an extremely stylish ukiyo-e artist who belonged to the Torii school. His rise to the top of this school highlights many aspects of Japanese culture within the art world because he wasn’t related to […]

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