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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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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 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 and Ito Shinsui: Fusions of East and West

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Japanese Art and Ito Shinsui: Fusions of East and West Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The artist Ito Shinsui (1898-1972) left a lasting legacy because he produced many stunning works of art. His art work came to the fore during the Taisho and Showa period in Japan and he became famous for stunning images […]

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Japanese Art, Tensho Shubun and China: Zen Buddhist Priest and Artist in the 15th Century

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Japanese Art, Tensho Shubun and China: Zen Buddhist Priest and Artist in the 15th Century Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Tensho Shubun was an important figure in Japanese art in the 15th century because several of his pupils would rise to major prominence. Of course, Tensho Shubun also left behind a rich legacy based […]

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Japanese Culture: Ebisu the God of Fortune and Gentle Spirit of the Ainu

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Ebisu the God of Fortune and the Gentle Spirit of the Ainu Tomoko Hara Modern Tokyo Times Ebisu in old Japan was known by the name of Hiruko which means “leech child” and it is clear that during his early childhood he faced many severe problems. According to Japanese mythology Ebisu came into the world […]

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Japanese Art by Toshidama: Censorship and The Art of Woodblock

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Censorship and The Art of Woodblock By toshidama Posted by Alex Faulkner  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 […]

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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 Art in a Dramatic Period of History: Yokoyama Taikan

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Japanese Art in a Dramatic Period of History: Yokoyama Taikan Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Yokoyama Taikan (1868-1958) was born in the year of the Meiji Restoration which was meant to usher in a period of new dynamics related to modernity. It is factual that many major changes did occur during […]

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