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Hanabi Taikai and Japanese Culture and Traditions

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Hanabi Taikai and Japanese Culture and Traditions Hiroshi Saito and Sarah Deschamps Modern Tokyo Times The hanabi taikai season will witness countless firework festivals all over Japan throughout July and August. Therefore, whole communities will be gearing up for another hanabi taikai season all over this country whereby people can enjoy amazing firework displays. For […]

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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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Japanese Art in the Meiji Period: Ukiyo-e in a Changing World

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Japanese Art in the Meiji Period: Ukiyo-e in a Changing World Tomoko Hara Modern Tokyo Times The Meiji Period (1868-1912) was very dynamic in many ways because new thinking, modernization, radical change, and a plethora of other factors, altered the cultural landscape in all major cities. However, the countryside often ticked to a different beat […]

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Japanese Art and Josetsu: China and Japan Relations based on “Catching a Catfish with a Gourd”

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Japanese Art and Josetsu: China and Japan Relations based on “Catching a Catfish with a Gourd” Lee Jay Walker  Modern Tokyo Times China and Japan have so much in common based on the richness of Buddhism, Confucianism, the arts, culture, gardens, Zen, and a plethora of areas related to high culture. Yet, relations in recent […]

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Tosa School of Japanese Art: Beauty, Culture and Wisdom

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Tosa School of Japanese Art: Beauty, Culture and Wisdom Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Tosa school of art will always leave a lasting impression on the art of Japan and highlight the richness of culture in this country. This applies to the natural beauty of this art form and the connection with the imperial court. […]

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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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Kyoto Artist Yasui Sotaro and Yoga Portraiture: Influence of French Art and Culture

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Kyoto Artist Yasui Sotaro and Yoga Portraiture: Influence of French Art and Culture Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Yasui Sotaro (1888-1955) was born in Kyoto and he is famous for yoga (Western-style) portraiture. It is clear that this talented individual understood his vocation because he pursued a career in art despite his family desiring a more […]

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Japanese Art and the Power of Kabuki for Toyokuni: Beauty in Simplicity

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Japanese Art and the Power of Kabuki for Toyokuni: Beauty in Simplicity Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist called Utagawa Toyokuni once stated about himself that “My pictures – they are merely something that I draw, and nothing more than that!” This very modest comment about himself says much about his character. Toyokuni was […]

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French Art and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: Sexuality, Subculture and Yoshiwara in old Tokyo

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French Art and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: Sexuality, Subculture and Yoshiwara in old Tokyo Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The famous artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) was known for appreciating the power of Japanese ukiyo-e. Likewise the bohemian and often seedy aspect of Montmartre appealed to him greatly. Therefore, it is more than conceivable that […]

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