Kyoto Journal Issue 58
Dancing for the Dead
The Story of Pianist Fujiko Hemming
Butoh Dancer Kazuo Ono at 98
The Poetry of Vi Thuy Linh
The Rebirth of Kagura Shinto Performance in Japan’s Midwest
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Editing KJ, over the years we’ve learned to listen to what the magazine itself wants to be. Each issue, even one starting without a set theme, seems to give voice to a particular set of related concerns, making its own connections, developing resonances, becoming in a sense an open conversation. Once a topic emerges, we’re no longer surprised when yet another unsolicited submission turns up, further illuminating some essential aspect of what’s already in the works. Going with the flow, we seek out additional material to nudge the conversation along…
Our 58th issue started out bundling articles on traditional performing arts, but soon let us know it wanted to dig deeper. In diverse disciplines, we found common ground and shared aspirations: ‘Super-Kagura,’ reviving traditional Shinto dance; the Kodo taiko drumming group’s Earth Celebration; the massively popular Awa Odori street dance festival; Ohno Kazuo — a butoh dance pioneer at 98; Ikemiya Masanobu, a Japanese Buddhist ragtime wizard; Fujiko Hemming, a classical piano virtuoso prevailing over deafness; Biung, a successful Taiwanese aboriginal musician returning to his roots; Don Kirk, a veteran war reporter in Baghdad; Shinji Kazue, a cross-cultural psychotherapy interpreter; Ishido-sensei, a master of ikebana … Within each story we heard different aspects of the urge towards seeking and achieving wholeness, in individuals and communities, until we knew that this issue had found its theme… Freeing spirit.
Reflections of a Psychotherapy Go-between: An interview with Shinji Kazue –
Heart of Kashmir, by Kash Gabrielle Torsello — Matt Larking
Neutral War: A Novel of Soul-Chilling Barter, Bioterror, and High-Stakes International Poker, by Hal Gold — Justin Ellis
The New Shiatsu Method: Helping the Body to Heal Itself, by Ryokyu Endo, Michael Christini, Tzvika Calisar — Deidre May
Turning Point: Oribe and the Arts of Sixteenth-Century Japan, by Miyeko Murase — Lauren W. Deutsch
Mavo: Japanese Artists and The Avant-Garde 1905-1931, by Gennifer Weisenfeld — Lauren W. Deutsch
Mirror of Modernity, Invented Traditions of Modern Japan, Ed. Stephen Vlastos, — Lauren W. Deutsch
The Man Who Saved Kabuki: Faubion Bowers and Theatre Censorship in Occupied Japan, by Shiro Okamoto, translated and adapted by Samuel L. Leiter — Ken Rodgers
Tales from Japan, and Ichi, Ni, San, Shi… Go! 500 Rivers and Other Tales from Japan, CDs by Jonatha and Harold Wright — Chris Caldwell
Sherry, CD by Sherry Nakanishi — Tomita Tamita
Cover Image by Markuz Wernli
published November 20, 2004
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