Posts by johneinarsen

Nagane Aki: Keeper of Tradition

Nagane Aki: Keeper of Tradition
Interview by Akazawa Atsushi, Kawabe Yuka and Jacoba Akazawa
A slim lady wearing oak-coloured clothes draws a tiny bamboo instrument to her mouth, holding it with one hand and gently vibrating it with the other. Haunting sounds fill the air like spirits drawn by the wind. Then, out of a sudden silence, the story begins.

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Boys to Men

J-Boys follows 9-year-old Kazuo and his younger brother Yasuo around Tokyo’s Shinagawa Ward from October 1965 to April 1966.

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Responding to Hiroshima

God’s Tears: Reflections on the Atomic Bombs Dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
REVIEW by George Jisho Robertson

The bare fact is that the national governments of the countries of many of the readers of David Krieger’s book still hold nuclear weapons, something that only makes sense if they are willing to use them.

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Reviews of Kyoto Journal

“With its graceful layouts that meld text, photographs, and graphics, Kyoto Journal is a pleasure to hold as well as read. Produced largely by Western expatriates living in Japan, Kyoto Journalevokes the naturalness, balance, and serenity that traditionally infuse so much of Asian aesthetic expression.” – Utne Reader , December 1998, Alternative Press Award for…

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Grow Your Own Energy

BY WINIFRED BIRD

In Japan the concept is often called “enerugi no chisan-chisho,” a phrase adopted from the local food movement. It directly translates… loosely as “grow your own energy.”

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KJ 76

DOWNLOAD digital ¥500 SAMPLER         Kyoto Journal 76                             THE BRIDE OF BONEYARD KITARO as told by David Greer Nunoe didn’t understand why Shigeru drew what he did, but he put his soul in his drawings, and admiration blossomed…

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Yume no Ukihashi

GUNTER NITSCHKE

We suggest that Kyoto City resolves that the forty-eight bridges over the Kamo River, presently hardly attractive and merely utilitarian, will be gradually replaced by new ones of modern design and structural excellence over the next hundred years,

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Slow Kyoto

Online Feature by MARC P. KEANE

The Slow Cities movement, having grown out of a food-oriented project, is still focused on local products and hospitality.

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Ghost Town: Myanmar’s New Capital

BURMA
BY ISAAC BLACKSIN

In a region where kingdoms have come and gone for centuries, Myanmar’s State Peace and Development Council created yet another capital, this one with a pace and scale unprecedented.

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The Epic of Tea

TEA
BY DANIEL R. KANE

“Why do you study Tea?” The usual answers perhaps are enough: “It is an aesthetic exercise; a Zen discipline; a unique means of social interaction.” Yet, I have wondered if there might be some other attraction to Tea; something not so apparent…

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Satish Kumar in Kyoto

JOHN EINARSEN, STEWART WACHS AND LYE TUCK-PO

Sometimes I came across a tree which seemed like a Buddha or a Jesus: loving, compassionate, still, unambitious, enlightened, in eternal meditation, giving pleasure to a pilgrim…

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Absence

POEM
By Jim Nawrocki

My father, visiting me,
stands on the slope of my garden
with its view of the west and the evening light…

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Healing Meditation with Shakuhachi

MUSIC
BY VERONZA BOWERS JR
Introduction by MONTY H. LEVENSON

Shakuhachi is often referred to as the “sound of nature.” In Japan, its “original music”(honkyoku) is filled with echoes of forest and sky…

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An American Issei

BY ROBERT BRADY

I am the first generation of my family to visit Japan, let alone live here. My wife, who is Japanese, is about the 900th generation of her family to live here…

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Kobe Quake Notes

BY ROBERT BRADY

On a winter dawn the world shrugs
screams begin from below everywhere
and reality does not conform
to earthquake emergency plans

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