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Left Behind: A Selection of Poems by Xu Lizhi

Xu Lizhi’s work is steeped in the vocabulary and experiences of the factories, a world in which he himself lived. The selection of poems presented here show his sense of desperation and acute observations of his internal psychology and the larger world.

American Bonsai photo

American Bonsai: Life by a Thousand Cuts

My father-in-law was a flyer. A man of the air and sky. A man of dreams and bravery, of duty and responsibility. He was fiercely loyal to family and country even when they were not so loyal to him.

Enomoto-san: Bamboo Weaver

Shokunin

The Shokunin Project is an ethnography of mastery— a study of the obsession and commitment to excellence it takes to dedicate one’s life to the pursuit of perfection.

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Ostrich Defies Containment

Adventures and fates of seven birds freed in the town of Okuma, Japan, following the Daiichi nuclear reactor meltdown in Fukushima, 11 March 2011.

Totousha teahouse Kyoto

A House Living with Tea

“Inspired by tea, the housemates show us that it is possible to live creatively and mindfully in this modern day world. It seems fitting that such a place exists in Kyoto, a city that epitomizes the juxtaposition of old and new.”

Small Buildings of Kyoto

Small Buildings of Kyoto

Small Buildings of Kyoto features 100 images of the quaint homes, businesses, workshops, as well as the occasional neighbourhood shrine and teahouse, that make up the fabric of Japan’s ancient capital.

inoshishi

Engineering the Japanese Islands

“Like all peoples on the planet, Japan has a complicated relationship with the natural world that’s shaped by religion and economic behavior and political practices, but certainly the notion that the Japanese enjoy a greener national philosophy is misguided. It does not hold up to historical scrutiny.”

Sarasoju

Meditation on Sarasôju

sarasôju blossoms       

in the morning
shining with dew
in the evening
moldering

Pachinko Min Jin Lee

A Universal Korean-Japanese Story

Lee opens this epic narrative of the lives of Korean immigrants to Japan in the fishing village of Yeongdo—“a five-mile-wide-islet beside the port city of Busan”—in 1910, the same year that Japan formally annexed Korea. She concludes it in Tokyo in 1989…

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Toyama-ken Gogoku Shrine-min

Located on Honshu island’s north-west coast and just under 3 hours away from Tokyo on the bullet train, Toyama is perhaps better known as a convenient stop for access to the Tateyama mountain range, where visitors can traverse an impressive corridor of snow up to 20 meters high in the months of April through June.

KJ’s Anna Malpas and Minechika Endo spent the day exploring glorious Shiga, just a short train ride away from Kyoto! We were treated to some of the incredible tastes of Shiga, from the delicious Matsu no Hana sake, to a local delicacy called funazushi – a fish that has been packed in rice and fermented for up to four years. We also enjoyed amazing views from the Biwako Terrace after an incredibly speedy trip on the Biwako Valley Ropeway.

Shirahige Shrine

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KJ 92: Devotion