Posts by lucinda

Qi in the Arts of China

ART
BY ZHANG YU HUAN AND KEN ROSE

Chinese art emphasizes the expression of motion and strength. This vital dynamism arises from the ancient dialectical unity: substantial and insubstantial; movement and stillness; firmness and softness; gathering and dispersal.

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Bright Road

BY ROBERT BRADY

In the beginning was the yearning — to seek what could be sought, find what could be found, learn what could be known — to go beyond mountains, know beyond deserts, discover beyond oceans…

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Dear Leader

FICTION
BY RUSSELL WORKING

…They met one afternoon in February twenty-three days after she left North Korea. An ethnic Korean marriage broker named Bong-il drove her to her new home near Yanji… “If you run away, we will find you, understand? He is paying good money for you, and we are men of our word….

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The Art of Mariko Mori

ART
BY ROBERT JARRELL

Mariko Mori’s themes are eclectic, embracing the fantasies of post-everything Japan and its extreme experimentation while recontextualizing traditional customs, mannerisms, and trends…

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Bonds, ‘The Word’ & Trade

TIBET
BY JEFF FUCHS

Deep black lines criss-cross Lobsang’s face, a face both ravaged and enlightened by the earth’s elements…He is a being who has been shaped by another time.

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Furuhashi Teiji and Dumb Type

PERFORMANCE
INTERVIEW BY BRIDGET COOPER

“It’s more difficult to do creative theater in Tokyo. There is less pressure in Kyoto so we can be more free, more adventurous. Kyoto people are more open to something experimental…”

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Shakuhachi and Zenga

ART, MUSIC
BY PRESTON HOUSER

The player of the Japanese bamboo flute seeks to display his spirit through musicianship—even if only in a single note, a single exhalation…

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Alice in Shikaland

JAPAN
BY MARLENA WATROUS

He had brought me to Alice in Shikaland, Japan’s foremost museum of nuclear power, its decor and narrative framework inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland…

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Balinese Canoes

INDONESIA
BY DUSTIN LEAVITT

When I speak of the disappearance of boats, I do not mean pleasure yachts, nor do I mean the monoliths of modern merchant ship navigation like super tankers…. Rather, I am talking about the canoes and planked craft of indigenous watermen the world over…

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The Joy of What’s Fleeting

BY PICO IYER

The area in which I make my home, doing its best to approximate to the San Fernando Valley, has no temples or shrines or narrow winding streets of the kind, when young, I associated with the “real Japan.“

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Butoh Dancer

PERFORMANCE
INTERVIEW BY IAN PERLMAN

At 36, Kyoto-born butoh dancer and choreographer Katsura Kan has survived as an independent dancer, working outside the established butoh companies…

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Gardener

INTERVIEW BY IAN PERLMAN

In the center of Maruyama Park there is a very large cherry tree… It was cultivated by the grandfather of Sano Tōemon, the sixteenth generation of a line of Sagano gardeners.

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The Way of Food

JOSEPH JUSTICE INTERVIEWS SEN SUMIKO

Sen Sumiko (1920-2004) was the daughter of Yukosai, the ninth grand master of the Musanokoji branch of the three Sen families descended from Sen Rikyu and the mother of the present, eleventh grand master, Futessai Sōshu.

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Remembering Beijing

A PHOTO GALLERY BY STEWART WACHS

In the autumn of 1994 I went to Beijing with several rolls of T-Max film. Later, in Japan, introducing the exhibition from which most of these pictures were drawn, I wrote, “Beijing, like Kyoto, has lately chosen to hurl itself into the future. Here is a handful of memories it may find waiting there when it arrives.” That time came swiftly.

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The Colonel Gets a Visitor

SHORT STORY
BY SUSHMA JOSHI

Namaste, Dinesh. Namaste, namaste. Please sit. Yes, the sofa is fine, you can sit on that side because it’s sagging a little in the middle. Ah yes, I see you’re glancing at the photograph of our late King Birendra and his family…

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My Grandson the Marine

USA
From KJ 72 Article Nine
BY CONNIE VIGIL PLATT

The next transfer, overseas, was to Japan. Here was a young man that had never been away from home, now going to a foreign country. To say the least I was nervous about him being in a place where he didn’t even talk the language…

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A Minute and 100 Metres

CHINA
BY DAVID MANEY

I arrived via train, 40 hours and just under 4000km in a hard-seat, from Beijing, where rumours were circulating about the extent of the military presence, needle attacks, Uighur and Han street gangs…

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Yellow Elephant

SHORT STORY
BY O THIAM CHIN

When the wife stepped into the flat after a long day at the office where she worked as a paralegal, she saw the yellow elephant in the living room…

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Filming the Foreigner

JAPAN
BY WENDY NAKANISHI

“…if you were contacted by a television company interested in filming the life of a foreigner in Japan, would you be interested in being considered? That is, it would be a family program: you, your husband, your children….”

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War in Our Own Mind

INTERVIEW BY JEAN DOWNEY

Satoko Norimatsu was shocked into peace advocacy when she first learned about Japan’s wartime aggression… Later, Norimatsu started the Peace Philosophy Centre to promote peace and sustainability.

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