Posts by kamibayasi

Becoming a Pacifist in Iraq

BUDDHISM, WAR, PEACE
JOHN EINARSEN interviews Aidan Delgado

“I am the most sinful Buddhist, because I’m here and I know better. I am oppressing these people, keeping them in cages. I just wrote how far from my Buddhist ideals I was, so far away that I felt damned, like I was in hell…”

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John Brandi & Renée Gregorio

POETRY READING (VIDEO)

In April 2011 KJ hosted a delightful evening of poetry with John Brandi and Renée Gregorio in the intimate setting of Kyoto Nama Chocolat teahouse. Watch it here.

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Urban Nomads

MONGOLIA
BY CHRISTAL WHELAN

Nomads in Mongolia are increasingly quitting the land and opting for a new life in the country’s capital, Ulaanbaatar…the underlying causes are political, economic, legal, and cultural.

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Musings on Miyazaki

FILM
BY DR. DAVID A. ROSS

The Internet Movie Database’s user rankings – which are the closest thing we have to a court of world opinion – place six Miyazaki films among the top twenty animated films of all time…

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Ogatagomi

PODCAST: A One-Act Play
BY HAROLD WRIGHT
Drawings by Lars Martinson

Now, all the gaijin I know in Kyoto know what ogatagomi is. You know, you’re walking down the street and all at once you see, say, a Sony TV set, a bicycle, a suit of armor and three bookcases lying abandoned out on the street, and you say, “Wow! What time does it get dark?”

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Biung Home Again

TAIWAN
BY SCOTT EZELL

…when I got there at 7:30 to hear his gig, canned music blared beneath pink neon lights and a sashimi contest was underway, skinny men with fat ties wolfing raw meat, embarrassing their wives and delighting their children.

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Zen at War

BY KATHY ARLYN SOKOL

BRIAN DAIZEN VICTORIA maintains that Japan’s vaunted Bushido (Warrior Code) evolved from a corrupted Buddhist metaphysics that not only sanctioned battlefield slaughter but also exalted the Zen-trained warrior’s willingness to die…

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On Musical Chakras

MUSIC
BY DAVID W. KUBIAK

At age seven India’s percussion legend ZAKIR HUSSAIN began his 2:00 AM to sunrise practice routines and soon found “tabla prodigy” surgically implanted in every mention of his name.

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