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Behind the Brocade Curtain

June 24, 2011

In the early 1990s I unwittingly moved into a Gion Festival neighborhood…One day I literally stumbled upon the festival’s gigantic floats, some as high as downtown buildings, and marveled at their exquisite adornments of exotic textiles and carvings. I didn’t know what I was looking at, but it blew my mind.

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On Genji Monogatari: A Conversation with Setouchi Jakucho

April 16, 2011

“I started translating The Tale of Genji after turning seventy, though I had well prepared to start for many years by then…”

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The Path to Honen-in

April 15, 2011

For a man who wears so many caps, the shaven-headed priest exudes a genial calm. He talks openly and from the heart; here is none of the closed manner for which Kyoto is famous.

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