INSIGHTS FROM ASIA

The Sword and the Scoop

February 26, 2018

There is no doubt that Rikyu was a change agent…He captivated the attention of the most notorious warlords of the time and convinced them that mastery of chanoyu was the penultimate mark of an action hero; carving tea scoops would be a better use of their swords.

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Rescuing and Protecting Sumatra’s Critically Endangered Orangutans

February 20, 2018

The Orangutan Information Center (OIC) is a trail-blazing organization constituted of a team of dedicated Indonesian conservationists and veterinarians determined to save the critically endangered Sumatran orangutan from a host of threats…

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Formative Memory: The Thirteenth-century Mongolian Invasions and their Impact on Japan

April 26, 2017

The second Mongolian invasion of Japan was like a sequel to a blockbuster movie; bigger in scale, larger cast, bigger budget, and the same director (Kublai Khan).

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Nature and Culture in Japan

November 30, 2011

VALUES
BY ALLAN G. GRAPARD

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 Art of Mariko Mori

August 20, 2011

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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A Princess Ever, an Empress Never?

June 20, 2011

BY JUSTINE BORNSTEIN

These days, a woman probably has more prospects of flying to the moon than becoming a titled member of one of the few remaining royal families, whose duties are much less glamorous…

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MA: Place, Space, Void

May 16, 2011

Place is the product of lived space and lived time, a reflection of our states of mind and heart…

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Japanese Courtyard Gardens

April 18, 2011

BY MARC P. KEANE

The tsubo garden is contained inside a building, like a jewel in a box…

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Insider Outsider: The Way of the Yakuza

April 17, 2011

During my first interviews, O-oyabun was particularly eager to talk about ideology: The ‘Way of the Yakuza,’ ‘violating the law’ or ‘doing wrong things.’

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