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Kyoto Journal Issue 65

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Contemporary Vietnamese Art
Donald Richie on D.T. Suzuki
Water Sho: Calligraphy by James Jack
Hikikomori Children on Pilgrimage
Cartoons for Peace

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As a young man in early Occupied Japan, Donald Richie — a masterly writer who himself would play a leading role in introducing Japanese culture and film to the West — visited Dr. Suzuki a number of times at the Matsugaoka Bunko, a Buddhist library that Suzuki founded in 1946 on the hillside grounds of the Tokeiji temple compound in Kamakura. – Yoshie Osawa, The View to Mt Sumeru: Donald Richie on Dr. D. T. Suzuki 

After living in Shingu for a while with my father’s parents, the Oishis, I moved in with my mother’s mother, Mon, and my two brothers at the Nishimura house in Kuwabara. It was at that time, when I was only eight years old, that I legally became the head of the rich Nishimura household. – Nishimura Isaku trans. Joseph Cronin, A Mountain Village 

I paused to look over his shoulder at what he had drawn on the ground, and my eyes grew wide. It was not one script, O Maha-Raja, but many: Nagri, Uk, Mangal, Parusha, the ideograms of the East. In every language I knew and in some that I did not, the Prince had written the sacred verse. And he continued, absent-mindedly, as if he merely daydreamed, scratching pictures in the dust. – Heinz Insu Fenkl, Milk from Water: Siddhartha Guatama and the Great Birt 

 

Contents:

Obstacles & Translations: Contemporary Vietnamese Art – Natalia Kraevskaia
Farmers’ Festival – Diane Durston

 

Ramble:
Long Knowledge– Bob Brady
The View to Mt Sumeru: Donald Richie on Dr. D. T. Suzuki – Yoshie Osawa
Water Sho – calligraphy by James Jack

 

Encounter:
Roadkill – Mark Mordue

 

In Translation:
A Mountain Village – Nishimura Isaku trans. Joseph Cronin
Prologue: On Power – Haniya Yutaka trans. Manuel Yang
Milk from Water: Siddhartha Guatama and the Great Birt – Heinz Insu Fenkl

 

Realizations:
Insights from Ikuyo – Takahara Yoshiyuki

Despite being blind from birth, Ikuyo said she sees things in her dreams, and it shocked me when she said, “I dream in color.”

Just Deeds:
Nothing Like a Hundred Miles – Charlie Canning
Watt Thrombok: The Last Stop on Earth – Remo Notarianni
Cartoons for Peace – Ken Rodgers

 

Interview:
Divide and Rule: Film-Maker Bappaditya Bandopadhyay’s Barbed Wire — Vinita Ramani
Illuminating the Past Within the Present – Kana Tomoko interviewed by Mari Luong

 

Poetry:
Meditation on War Over a Cup of Tea – Patricia Donegan

 

Fiction:
The Mis-management of Mr. Ak-Sam – Erick Setiawan
The Man Who Was a Donkey – Muhammad Nasrullah Khan

 

Poetry:
Eating the Wind – Kuroda Saburo

 

Fiction
Journey – Gary Beck
Kyoto Notebook:
Kyoto: The View from Rome; Parallel Dialogues in Architecture & Urban Design – Vinayak Bharne

 

Conversation:
Using Law to Save Nature – Wang Cafna interviewed by John Haffner

 

Reviews:
The Hidden Gardens of Kyoto – Photographs by Mizuno Katsuhiko, text by Ono Masaaki — John Einarsen
Iran Awakening: A Memoir of Revolution & Hope, by Shirin Ebadi with Azadeh Moaveni — Rasoul Sorkhabi
The Buddha and the Terrorist: The Story of Angulimala, by Satish Kumar — Ted Taylor
Rethinking Development Economics, by Ha-Joon Chang — Rashida Sultana
Folding Paper Cranes, by Leonard Bird — Mike Dillon
Chasing the Monk’s Shadow: A Journey in the Footsteps of Xuanzang, by Mishi Saran — Rasoul Sorkhabi
Backroads to Far Towns: Basho’s Travel Journal, trans Cid Corman — Sherry Nakanishi
Timescapes Japan: A Pinhole Journey, by Edward Levinson
Falling Blossom , by Peter Pagnamenta and Momoko Williams — Lynda Philippsen
Blogology:
In Pursuits of Mountains – Ken Rodgers

Beyond:
Boxes — Cathy Erickson & Margaret Chula


97pp
published January 20, 2007

 

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