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Excess Baggage (Extract)

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FROM THE NEW NOVEL BY KAREN MA

“Now that you’re in Japan, you must do what the Japanese do. Otherwise, it would be meaningless for you to have come here.”

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Kyoto Machiya Dining

Judith Clancy Machiya Restaurant Guide

BY MICHAEL LAMBE

Machiya, the old wooden townhouses of Kyoto, once dominated this city’s urban landscape. Long sturdy structures of simple grace, they closely lined the narrow streets of the city, their tiled rooftops rolling in waves to the surrounding hills and lapping at the edges of the great temples, shrines and villas that rose among them.

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Mapping Kyoto: An Affair of the Heart

INTERVIEW BY HANA MURRELL

Judith Clancy is the author of three books about Kyoto, Exploring Kyoto, Kyoto Machiya Restaurant Guide and Kyoto City of Zen. She has mapped Kyoto in words and images, enabling countless people, residents and visitors alike, to explore the exceptional cultural, historical, religious and gastronomic heritage of this city.

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Ashes to Ashes

JAPAN

BY WINNIE ANNE INUI
I met my in-laws for the first time on New Year’s Day 1966, shortly before my wedding…

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Notes of a Crocodile

In Translation Online Special
Written by QIU MAOJIN, translated from the Chinese by BONNIE HUIE.

Notes of a Crocodile is not a book that shows teenagers how to live a straight life, in any sense of the term. And yet it is intended to be a survival manual for teenagers, for a certain age when reading the right book can save your life…

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Doctor Stories

The Journals of Kenjiro Setoue
An Introduction and Excerpts translated from the Japanese by Jeff Irish

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Japlish Whiplash

REVIEWED BY JEFFREY ANGLES

Japlish Whiplash is a book that gleefully transgresses boundaries — the boundaries between the United States and Japan, between English and the Japanese language, between academic poets and slam poets, between “artistic” and “plebian,” between “high” and “low,” and between “avant-garde” and “urban.”

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Life Goes On: Fukushima and Dalian, China

BY AMALIA GIEBITZ

Dalian has a long and mixed history with Japan. It is the site of the initial invasion in 1931; the anniversary of the invasion is still observed every September when sirens are sounded at the same time they were originally heard eighty years ago…

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Bird Brain

This footage of Nanao Sakaki and Allen Ginsberg reading at a 1980’s rally against Kansai Electric is a record of long-standing public opposition to nuclear power in Japan.

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Monks

[smooth=id:21; width:720; height:720;] Monks BY DENNIS CORDELL Like many photographers, I was trained as a painter. I also did pottery. I do not consider myself to be an ex-painter or a potter of yore, but rather an artist currently focusing on photography. I bought a Nikon FM about thirty years ago to aid me in…

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Contested Terrain in Afghanistan

BY ISAAC S. BLACKSIN

The great wealth beneath Mes Aynak creates a conflict between two development projects, one economic and one cultural. Preserving and promoting Afghanistan’s cultural heritage must compete with extracting and exporting mineral resources…

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World Heritage and Kyoto

AN INTERVIEW WITH MUNETA YOSHIFUMI
CATHERINE PAWASARAT

Kyoto’s conservation should be determined by residents’ quality of life, not for tourists. We have temples, shrines, forests, and small parks — we can have a good quality of life drawn from Kyoto’s traditional cultural heritage, and we can show the rest of the country what the modem Japanese way of life can be…

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Kyoto: Spiritual Wonderland

BY UMAGAMI KYOHIKO

Originally, the whole of Kyoto was a sacred place. This fact becomes clear as soon as one looks at the city geomantically, but this spiritual power has been lost in the heart of the modern city. Yet in its surrounds, scattered throughout the encircling mountains, there are many locales that maintain their psychic power…

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Wine Through Water

Wine Through Water From KJ 52 BY LINDA GRACE PHILIPPSEN hear soft laughter and giggling. Mihoko and her mother. It is late evening and I make the last trip to the toire. Before returning to my room I open the door to the kitchen to say goodnight. I see the two of them folded like…

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Matsuri, Gods and the Land

EVERETT BROWN INTERVIEWS TADAYOSHI HIMEDA

I first visited Shiromi in the late 60s and I was surprised by what I saw. Here was a community in this modern era still practicing a culture that deeply reflected the hunting customs of the Jomon era.

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Signs of Darkness

BY ROBERT BRADY

One summer evening not long ago, in a certain part of Tokyo, a big city up north, hundreds of households right at the pinnacle of prime time were suddenly plunged into an unfamiliar state known in pre-electric eons as “utter darkness”…

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Aspirin

BY ROBERT BRADY

You want to know all about aspirin then you just go get yourself a good case of sciatica, nothing will teach you about aspirin better than a good case of sciatica…

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Zen & the Art of Rejuvenation

ART
BY LUCINDA COWING

Taizo-in launched its groundbreaking ‘Fusuma-e Project’ in the spring of 2011. The Zen temple is commissioning a young, unknown Kyoto-based artist to compose large sumi-e ink paintings on 64 new sliding doors, or fusuma…

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