Japanese and Shinto art: mountains in blue, Buddhism and kami

Japan art and shinto: mountains in blue, buddhism and kami

Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Time

Artist Sawako Utsumi is from northern Japan. In his art you often have religious dimensions – some obvious and some with hints about numerology and merging it with religion. Therefore, in this art article, the focus is on the Shinto dimensions of each artwork and on Buddhism.

The Shinto faith is not visualized in any of the artwork. However, the Blue Mountains and Shintoism are part of each item – Buddhism also being depicted along with Shintoism in an artwork. Therefore, the adorable landscapes – two that showcase the Shinto faith and one that doesn’t visually – all point the same way. Therefore, since the Shinto faith is fully intertwined with the mystery of nature, the unseen is part of the kami world that abounds in all three works of art.

Kami is a complex word. The BBC reports, “Thus the word is used to refer both to the essence of existence or being that is found in everything, and to particular things that display the essence of existence in an impressive way. But while everything contains kami, only things that show their kami nature in a particularly striking way are called kami.

Nichiren – a holy Buddhist teacher and revered in Japan and around the world – said: “Worthy people deserve to be so called because they are not carried away by the eight winds: prosperity, decay, disgrace, honor, praise, censure, suffering and pleasure. They are neither elated by prosperity nor saddened by decline. The celestial gods will surely protect the one who is adamant before the eight winds.

Overall, the beliefs and philosophies of Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Shintoism have had a huge impact on Japan. The impact of the four had golden periods as nothing remains static. However, it is Buddhism and Shintoism that remain firmly rooted throughout Japan. It concerns the temples and shrines that dot the landscape – despite the growing reality of secularism.

So the nature angle in Shinto fits naturally into the lovely landscapes – and ideas – of this contemporary Japanese artist who also focuses on the influence of Buddhism.

http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/sawako-utsumi.html – Sawako Utsumi and where you can buy her artwork, postcards, bags and other products. Also, individuals can contact her for individual requests.

https://fineartamerica.com/featured/art-of-buddhism-and-shintoism-and-two-paths-in-the-snow-sawako-utsumi.html Art of Buddhism and Shintoism and Two Paths in the Snow

http://fineartamerica.com/featured/buddhist-cleric-nichiren-and-bleak-winter-in-exile-sawako-utsumi.html The Buddhist Cleric Nichiren and the Bleak Winter in Exile

http://www.lulu.com/shop/lee-jay-walker/sawako-utsumi-and-her-kindred-spirit/paperback/product-22830732.html – Please click on to order the book.




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