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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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Paris and the Power of Impressionism: Alfred Sisley and Fujishima Takeji

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Paris and the Power of Impressionism: Alfred Sisley and Fujishima Takeji Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Alfred Sisley and Fujishima Takeji were both born in the nineteenth century and their common factors apply to the stunning art they produced and the richness of Paris which influenced both artists. They both also studied at the Ecole […]

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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 and Influence of China: Tani Buncho

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Japanese Art and Influence of China: Tani Buncho Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The artist Tani Buncho felt the rich pull of Chinese culture despite the historical reality of Japan being mainly cut off from the outside world during his lifetime. Buncho was born in 1763 and died in 1840 and throughout his life […]

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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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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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Ito Shinsui and Elegant Ladies: Japanese Art and Bijinga

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Ito Shinsui and Elegant Ladies: Japanese Art and Bijinga Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Ito Shinsui (1898-1972) is a “famous son” of Japanese art because his art is blessed with elegance, sophistication, and serenity. This is equally matched with natural simplicity and adorable color schemes when applied to his images of beautiful ladies and […]

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Art in the World of Industrialization: L.S. Lowry, Oka Shikanosuke and Henri Rousseau

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Art in the World of Industrialization: L.S. Lowry, Oka Shikanosuke and Henri Rousseau Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times L.S. Lowry (1887-1976) and Oka Shikanosuke (1898-1978) belong to the same generation and both artists died within two years of each other. Lowry was born in northern England and this part of the United Kingdom was […]

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