Leisure is the new religion, and tourism the modern pilgrimage. Each year, in growing numbers, middle-class tourist-pilgrims swarm the meccas of world civilization, holy guidebooks in hand, in search of a direct experience of foreign reality. Tourists are children, brought ignorant before mysteries and marvels. They are innocents, trusting in licensed agents who shepherd them to exotic paradises. And tourists are kings, owners of all they survey, for the world’s parade of treasures seems to have been — and sometimes is — put together for their personal edification.
— Jonah Salz, Processed and Packaged Culture: The Dento Bento
There is a Japan that came into existence in the darkness of the cinema, and sites there still, fixed on the screen like a giant rare butterfly. A Japanese movie was pageantry and poetic violence, curious hierarchies amid puzzlebox interiors, the camera caressing Kyo Machiko and engaging Mifune in its steadily tracking locus. And the light was applied as if by brush.
— Pia Lamerin, Watch the White of the Sky, an interview with cinematographer Miyagawa Kazuo.
Processed and Packaged Culture: The Dento Bento
Gion Matsuri: Festival of Renewal –
Misunderstanding Japanese Education –
A glimpse into Japanese detective fiction –
Ashiu: Nuclear Power VS Ecological Realism –
Watch the white of the sky: an interview with cinematographer Miyag awa Kazuo –
”Wind” Poetry Section –
A slow air: how I spent my summer vacation –
Through the new looking glass –
The kiss of Lacy, the Zen of Lacy –
Non-standard man: Hosono Haruomi –
The women of Mizu Shobai –
Law, Lawyers and Business in Japan –
The Summit on the Summit –
The Japanese School: Lessons for Industrial America, by Benjamin Duke — Ken Rodgers
Cover Image by Jean Kugler
published June 1, 1987
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