Our first issue!
published December 1, 1988
Cover Image by Kitaoka Kiyoshi
Mythology, like any art, is the outward projection of an inner reality. We are the gods, goddesses, heroes, heroines, giants, spirits, and demons of our own personal myths. The journey is inward. Yet we need the ‘outward projections’ to lead the way to our own ‘inner realities’. The chaji [4-hour tea ceremony event] and the tea house are just such projections.
— Daniel Kane, The Epic of Tea
The kanji that spell the word kyogen are instinctively interpreted by actors — though not necessarily by scholars who write about kyogen — as “mad words.” The reasons are plain enough. The language of kyogen is vigorous and exuberant, a swirl of sound that leaps, races and tumbles through a dizzying array of pitches, rhythms, tempi and vocal tone colors. It’s utterly unlike the vocal style of noh, which is measured, stately, and somehow orderly even when wild.
— Jonah Salz, Omoshiroi Mon Ja: Kyogen as Universal Comedy
Friends, you’ve heard of bonsai, the miniature trees perfected by the Japanese over centuries, now popular all over the world? Well we at Heavensent Laboratories have compressed centuries into moments, and with our research have developed just the things to go with those bonsai trees: that’s right, friends’, we have perfected a complete line of bonsai livestock! It’s no longer a dream, friends; now, right in the privacy of your own city living room, you can operate a bonsai farm!
— Robert Brady, Bonsai
A Modern Kyogen –
Japanese Death Poems, by compiled by Yoel Hoffmann — Bill Shiveley