Kyoto Journal Issue 42
Meeting Emperor Meiji
Time, Trance and Dance in Bali
Pico Iyer on “All the Times in the World”
Japanese Times of Year
In Kyoto, the past is sometimes so strongly present that it seems more real than what’s here-and-now — this sudden glittering synthetic dream, this alien cabled web of metal, concrete, glass, asphalt. To almost every previous generation living beside the ceaselessly flowing Kamogawa, today’s city and its lifestyle would have been wholly unimaginable. We reside in only one of old Kyoto’s infinite number of possible futures. With hindsight, always the illusion of inevitability. Looking forward, the illusion of absolute freedom of choice. This paradox is just one of the great mysteries of Time.
A Question of Journey: Travel Episodes: India, Nepal, Thailand & Bali, by John Brandi — Preston L. Houser
A Zigzag Joy: The Bilingual Anthology of Contemporary Japanese Poetry, Ed. Kijima Hajime — Rebecca Dosch
Makiko’s Diary: A Merchant Wife in 1910 Kyoto, by Nakano Makiko, trans. Kazuko Smith — David Stowe
Makiko’s New World, A film version of the above diary, produced and written by David W. Plath — David Stowe
In the Empire of Dreams
Cover Image: Total eclipse of the sun, April 16, 1893 by James Schiaberle
published December 12, 1999
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