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Even in “Just Enough,” There is Abundance

June 29, 2013

For nearly 40 years Masanobu Fukuoka’s classic work, “The One-Straw Revolution” has lured people back to a traditional life of farming. Yoshikazu Kawaguchi, considered the leading proponent of Natural Farming in Japan, began his approach to farming by adapting Fukuoka’s method of forgoing plowing, fertilizers, weeding, and chemicals…

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Step Inside the World of Noh: An interview with Diego Pellecchia

June 24, 2013

“I’m hoping to transmit the ethics of Noh. Respect for the space and discipline, work ethics, orderliness, cleanliness. “

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Doctor Stories: Excerpts from the journals of Kenjiro Setoue

April 7, 2013

Dr. Setoue was a successful surgeon who agreed to take a job at a clinic on a small rugged island off the west coast of Kyushu. For many years the only surgeon on the Lower Koshiki Island, he was the last and only line of defense when there was a medical emergency.

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Life Goes On: Fukushima and Dalian, China

March 14, 2013

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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Yumi Lee

February 25, 2013

Through my study of this Korean-Japanese issue I have realized that four major factors prevent solutions: the first is Japanese education…

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Nagane Aki: Keeper of Tradition

November 24, 2012

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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Grow Your Own Energy

May 10, 2012

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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Fukushima’s Children

February 18, 2012

My collaborative artwork with children is based on the principle that they are strongest and most resilient when they are listened to, respected, and encouraged to think creatively. Children often need permission and safety to develop their own ideas about their situation, to make sense of their emotions and express their thoughts…

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Healing Meditation with Shakuhachi

December 24, 2011

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

December 23, 2011

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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Walking the Great Ridge Omine on the Womb-Diamond Trail

December 9, 2011

The Yamabushi are back country Shaman-Buddhists with strong Shinto connections, who make walking and climbing in deep mountain ranges a large part of their practice…

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Heart

December 9, 2011

The core of kokoro (the heart) is the search for wa (peace or harmony); this search manifests itself in all areas of life…

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The Emperor Visits MacDonald’s

December 4, 2011

The nation had just celebrated his 75th birthday the week before, and he had never been to McDonald’s! Billions sold to his loyal subjects…

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Ki: The Vital Force

December 3, 2011

While ki is regularly invoked as an explanatory principle in oriental medicine and martial arts, few practitioners or writers, either Eastern or Western, spend much time intelligibly explaining ki itself…

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Nature and Culture in Japan

November 30, 2011

Japanese cultural tradition hides a vast storehouse of notions and practices that may be helpful in establishing a culturally-grounded eco-philosophy…

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The SoundSilence of Water

November 8, 2011

The tea-masters of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, mostly lay adepts of Zen, were the ultimate artists in the use of water for its sound, form and haptic effects.

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Reel Life and Real Life: The Joys and Trials of Being Intercultural

October 26, 2011

REGGE LIFE’s moving documentaries, broadcast nationally in both countries, introduce us to scores of reflective people who in turn invite us to take a closer look at ourselves…

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Perspective Omitted, Questions Unasked

October 23, 2011

Japan’s mass-circulation newspapers routinely treat events as startling, wholly unexpected, random, and seemingly unrelated to anything that has happened before.

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Cracked Mirror: Western ‘Takes’ on Japan

October 22, 2011

The Holy Terror from Baltimore had never set foot in Japan. But he understood instinctively that news from war-torn China often crossed the line into anti-Japanese propaganda…

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Media Critic: Asano Kenichi

October 22, 2011

Former Kyodo News Service correspondent Asano Kenichi was expelled from Indonesia in 1992 for his investigative reports on shady deals between Jakarta businessmen and Japanese politicians.

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“The Myth of Tomorrow”

October 19, 2011

“Myth of Tomorrow” represents the culmination of Okamoto Tarō’s concern over the horrors of war and the fear of atomic weapons.

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