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Early Photography in Japan and Japanese Ladies by Ogawa Kazumasa

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Early Photography in Japan and Japanese Ladies by Ogawa Kazumasa Tomoko Hara Modern Tokyo Times The photography of Ogawa Kazumasa in this article is based on images of Japanese ladies in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. In each image you will find nothing revolutionary nor will you find a “hidden mystery.” However, […]

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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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Japanese Art by Yamamoto Shoun from Kochi

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Japanese Art by Yamamoto Shoun from Kochi Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Meiji, Taisho and Showa periods of Japanese history were extremely dynamic and chaotic because you have many bright periods followed by dark moments in history. However, just like the phoenix rises, then in the final years of Yamamoto Shoun he witnessed […]

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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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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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