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Kuniyoshi’s Faithful Samurai – The Bathos of Victory

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Kuniyoshi’s Faithful Samurai – The Bathos of Victory by toshidama I was struck, looking at some of the very beautiful images from Kuniyoshi’s 1847 series of the 47 Ronin, by the bathos of the figures – the tremendous sense of anticlimax that runs through so many of the prints. This was after all, the defining set […]

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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 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 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 and European Art: Pierre Bonnard and Yasui Sotaro

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Japanese and European Art: Pierre Bonnard and Yasui Sotaro Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) and Yasui Sotaro (1888-1955) bless the art world because of their respective creativity. Yasui Sotaro was born in the cultural city of Kyoto and just like Pierre Bonnard, the vibrant culture of Paris would play an important […]

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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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Art and Japanese Folklore: The Warrior Monk Benkei

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Art and Japanese Folklore: The Warrior Monk Benkei Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times In Japanese culture, history and art, it is clear that Saito no Musashibo Benkei left a lasting impression and this continues today in modern culture. This legendary warrior monk belonged to the intriguing period of the 12th century. He was born […]

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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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