Japan Art and Clocks: The Clock of Life
Lee Jay Walker
Modern Tokyo Times
The ticking clock of the universe continues without end – irrespective of the elevator of death that all will face. Time eventually connects the “distance of time” when death becomes a unifier.
Albert Einstein (1879-1955) on hearing about the death of his friend Michele Besso said: “Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That signifies nothing. For those of us who believe in physics, the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”
Sir Roger Penrose says, “Consciousness … is the phenomenon whereby the universe’s very existence is made known.”
Hermann Minkowski (1864-1909) said, “Henceforth space by itself, and time by itself, are doomed to fade away into mere shadows, and only a kind of union of the two will preserve an independent reality.”
The three art pieces by Inagaki Tomoo (1902-1980), Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900), and Itō Shinsui (1898-1972) – in the order of this article – are all connected by art, culture, ideas, and utilizing woodblock prints. Therefore, the clock of time and continuity – and connecting with the past while also inspiring future artists – in the most simplistic term can be depicted by the clock.
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