Posts by johneinarsen

Rich Lives

NATURE/PHILOSOPHY
REVIEW BY JENNIFER CHAN

During my years in Japan, I met people living in the countryside who were engaged in non-mainstream work…. I saw that, for all their differences…they all share…an uncompromising insistence on having time in one’s life…

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In the Jade Garden

GARDENS
REVIEW BY STEPHEN MANSFIELD

Japanese garden authority Marc P. Keane writes, “To walk the length of a roji (tea garden) is the spiritual complement of a journey from town to the deep recesses of a mountain where stands a hermit’s hut.”

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Shinto Scholar

INTERVIEW BY CHRISTAL WHELAN

“In Japan, divinities might be of mountain, sea, or river. People find divinities in nature. This religious faith still exists…”

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Tea & Qi

CHINA
BY PHILIP CUNNINGHAM

Talking to Weijia, who also goes by the name Viktor, I was struck by how his bicultural experience was at once almost painfully unique and at the same time so familiar and universal.

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Music vs Militarism

OKINAWA
BY SHERRY NAKANISHI

The pottery grounds, Chibana tells me, were formerly a bomb disposal yard. At once, my body tenses. I begin to step gingerly, looking at where I place my feet. The floor is simply earth though — dusty red clay. The potters are young, bandanas on their heads; their bare feet are clay red too…

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When the Envoys Returned

POEM
BY DEBORAH KROMAN

After thirty years of cresting mountain-high surges,the envoys brought back eagle-wood, ambergris, and an essence distilled from rose petals.

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Revealing the Invisible

INTERVIEW with the editors of Manoa
BY KEN RODGERS

The Hawaiian word ‘mãnoa’means “vast and deep,” and is a literal description of the lush green valley on O‘ahu that is home to a unique bi-annual publication of the same name…

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Untied

SHORT STORY
BY KELLY LUCE

That night at the cheap sushi place in Osaka, Yumiko was complaining about her boyfriend with impressive fluency. As her English teacher, I had noticed that she spoke best when upset—it took her mind off making mistakes. 



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Is Europe Western?

BY TAWADA YOKO

I have several boxes in my flat. One is known as fridge. It hums day and night but says nothing. Another box is called washing machine and often goes round the bend. Nevertheless, the language coming out of the television is much crazier.

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Yosa Buson: Haiku Master

Yosa no Buson (1716-1783) was one in a triumvirate of haikai immortals of the Edo era in Japan: before him came the master, Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), and after him the “humanist” Kobayashi Issa (1763-1826).

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How to Move a Tree

TAIWAN
BY WILLIAM R STIMSON






Early one morning in a park in Taiwan I came across a man who had stopped off on his way home from the market to harness himself to a tree…

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Spiritual Journey

BY BARRY JAMES LECKENBY

Australian-born Buddhist poet Harold Stewart lived in Kyoto for twenty-nine years, and in 1995 his ashes were scattered near the Shonin-in on Higashiyama…

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Nature and Imagination

CERAMIC ARTS
BY DEIDRE MAY

Sudo Hisao’s latest sculpture, not yet dry, stands in his ceramic studio: a giant acorn, bursting with life, erotic tip pointing upwards…

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Maxine Hong Kingston



BY TREVOR CAROLAN

For more than 30 years, National Book-Award-winning author Maxine Hong Kingston has written on the complicated chains of history, nostalgia and spiritual yearning — on the soul of place and home.

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Mantra from Ajari-san

SAINT
INTERVIEW BY SHERRY NAKANISHI

Ajari — “Great Teacher” — is a title conferred on monks…who have completed the great sennichi kaihõgyo training… This meditative practice involves walking a total of over 38,000 kilometers in 1,000 days, within a seven-year period.

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