Posts Tagged ‘Japan’

Exploring Shiga

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…

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Where Ainu food, culture, and community meet

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Where Ainu food, culture, and community meet —Interview of Harukor owner Teruyo Usa Teruryo Usa interviewed by Jennifer Teeter and Takayuki Okazaki, Long interview (extended version from KJ 83) o matter which day of the week, Harukor, Tokyo’s sole Ainu restaurant, overflows with the laughter and chatter of its patrons. Tucked away in Shin-Okubo, one…

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Hope for the East Asian Peace Process

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JONATHAN AUGUSTINE

With the human race as a whole increasingly threatened by global climate change, overpopulation and food scarcity, our very survival depends on our ability to overcome history-based animosities…

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Migrating Genius

INTERVIEW
BY STEWART WACHS

“There’s so much to learn from birds. When I was a child they were my first absorbing fascination in life.”

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Exiled – A Tibetan’s Tale

INTERVIEW
BY BRIAN COVERT

“I was concerned about the many differences between India and China — the ways of thinking, for one — and India was not really up to confronting China. If I stayed in India, maybe I wouldn’t be able to do the kind of things I really wanted to do to help Tibet.” He eventually set his sights on Japan, with its own brand of Buddhism and spirituality, as his next home in exile.

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Doctor Stories

The Journals of Kenjiro Setoue
An Introduction and Excerpts translated from the Japanese by Jeff Irish

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A Small Restaurant on the Edge of Life

AS TOLD BY DAVID GREER

Dread clouded the joy that surged in Tomé’s heart when she heard the voice call out “Obachan, I’m back.” In May, 1945, the only pilots who came to Chiran were volunteers for the Special Attack Corps, boys who rammed their fighters into the American ships off Okinawa.

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Life in Tonoharu

MANGA
REVIEW BY DAVID COZY

The art illustrating that plot remains exquisite…especially notable are the views Martinson gives us of mundane Japanese life, scenes that any resident will recognize…

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Ogatagomi

PODCAST: A One-Act Play
BY HAROLD WRIGHT
Drawings by Lars Martinson

Now, all the gaijin I know in Kyoto know what ogatagomi is. You know, you’re walking down the street and all at once you see, say, a Sony TV set, a bicycle, a suit of armor and three bookcases lying abandoned out on the street, and you say, “Wow! What time does it get dark?”

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Fireflies

BY WINIFRED BIRD

…when the summer nights begin to resemble a damp wool blanket thrown over our house and the rainy season pounds relentlessly onward, my husband and I like to drive out to a village in the nearby mountains…

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