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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 and At Eternity’s Gate: Van Gogh and Yuzo Saeki

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Art and At Eternity’s Gate: Van Gogh and Yuzo Saeki Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Shortly before Van Gogh died he painted “At Eternity’s Gate” in 1890 after doing the same image as a lithograph eight years before. The image is extremely powerful and the meaning can be transformed to mean many things. However, […]

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Keisai Eisen and Japanese Art: Overcoming Early Hardship

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Keisai Eisen and Japanese Art: Overcoming Early Hardship Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Keisai Eisen (1790-1848) learnt to be independent from an early age and he chose a path which was fraught with economic danger. In a sense, Keisai Eisen represents aspects of “the real Edo period” for individuals who resided in big cities […]

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Ukiyo-e Artist Keisai Eisen and the World That Made Him Tick

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Ukiyo-e Artist Keisai Eisen and the World That Made Him Tick Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The artist Keisai Eisen highlights the many mass complexities of ukiyo-e within his own character. This applies to the massive complexity of the art he produced and the reality of the real world that he belonged to. Therefore, […]

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Japanese Art and Culture: Okubi-e Portraits

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Okubi-e Portraits By toshidama   Okubi-e refers to the distinctive large head to frame ratio of certain ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock print) portraits from eighteenth and nineteenth century Japan. There’s no strict definition here as to what constitutes a portrait as separate to an okubi-e, although there perhaps should be. Much of Japanese woodblock print production was […]

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Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum: Current Exhibition Runs Until April 30

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Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum: Current Exhibition Runs Until April 30 Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   The Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum is a specialist museum which highlights the amazing beauty and craftsmanship of netsuke. Currently, the Spring Exhibition on the Theme of “Next Stage” runs until April 30and the next exhibition will […]

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Japanese Art and David Bowie: Pop goes Kabuki

David Bowie… Pop Goes Kabuki By toshidama Ukiyo-e artists have used kabuki, (traditional Japanese theatre) as subject matter for their woodblock prints more or less since its inception in the seventeenth century. David Bowie started experimenting with kabuki for his stage shows in 1973. By the time of his Aladdin Sane tour he was wearing actual kabuki costumes […]

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Japanese Art and Culture: Impact of Oda Nobunaga and Rich Art of Kano Eitoku

Japanese Art and Culture: Impact of Oda Nobunaga and Rich Art of Kano Eitoku Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times In modern Japan the importance of Oda Nobunaga (1534-1582) and his legacy remains extremely strong even today. After all, he laid the foundation stone for the future centralized Japan despite certain limitations during the Tokugawa […]

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Japanese Folklore and Art: Kyosai and the World of the Tengu

Japanese Folklore and Art: Kyosai and the World of the Tengu  Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Kawanabe Kyosai is extremely fascinating because of his individualistic spirit and this is witnessed in his art. Kyosai, just like the mysterious Tengu, belonged to two worlds and this applies to the old Edo period […]

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Toshidama Gallery and Japanese Art: Stunning Ukiyo-e and Japanese Culture

Toshidama Gallery and Japanese art: stunning ukiyo-e By toshidama Why? Why would these artists paint the same motif so many times over so many years? There is undoubtedly for both artists a spiritual dimension to their constant interest. For Hokusai who was a devout Buddhist, as for many Japanese, Fuji was symbolic of eternal life, a […]

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