Asian Encounters

Since KJ 41, we have featured a series of personal accounts of experiences — and most importantly, interactions — with local people all over Asia. These sketches do not necessarily fit the genre of travel writing — often the writer is a local resident too. We invite our readers to send us their stories (with photos) of Asian encounters and insights. Contact: encounters@kyotojournal.org    
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Asian Encounters

On June 15, 2011 By

Asian Encounters Since KJ 41, we have featured a series of personal accounts of experiences — and most importantly, interactions — with local people all over Asia. These sketches do not necessarily fit the genre of travel writing — often the writer is a local resident too. We invite our readers to send us their […]

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    Tibetan Butter Tea and Pink Gin: Life in Old Darjeeling   Extended version from KJ 83 by ANN TASHI SLATER   n November 30, 2004, the Himalayan moon setting over Darjeeling town and the snowy peaks of the Kanchenjunga range, my Tibetan grandmother died. According to the Western calendar, she was four months […]

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Manshin is a title of respect identifying a mudang, a female Korean shaman. For centuries manshin had been openly persecuted, their practices disrupted and shrines destroyed, their artistry desecrated to entertainment. The prevailing religious and social order forced the practice of shamanism “underground”. That one of Korea’s most acclaimed artists became a mudang has had impact in Korea as well as globally.

BY Lauren W. Deutsch, Contributing Editor

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BY ROBERT YELLIN

Taking ceramic art into sculptural-pictorial realms, Kaneko Jun is an artist who straddles cultures and in a sense transforms them with his borderless art.

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Remembering the 2004 Tsunami

On December 16, 2014 By

By Christopher Wyle
 
“I heard you survived the tsunami a few years back. Is that true?”

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DMZ Diary

On May 13, 2014 By

by Lauren W. Deutsch

How does one casually “visit” such an area as a tourist? Should I be afraid of potential for armed attack? Is there a protocol of safe, reverential behavior? Isn’t it more a place of pilgrimage? I had 50 kilometers in Seoul traffic to think about it.

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SUVENDRINI KAKUCHI INTERVIEWS KAREN MA

Karen Ma is the author of the recently published Excess Baggage, a novel about the lives of a Chinese immigrant family in Japan.

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Chasing Deer

On August 15, 2013 By

JAPAN
BY BRIAN RUGEN

I had just cycled over seven hours through Mie Prefecture and was now stuck on this deserted mountain road somewhere in the Kasagi Mountains, approximately 10 kilometers northeast of Nara city, searching for a campsite I had circled in my Kansai Mappuru guidebook when planning the trip from home weeks before. I thought of home now back in Kanagawa, and my wife Rui, who would be sitting at the table eating dinner at about this time. Make sure you take pictures of the deer in Nara, she would remind me every evening.

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Ashes to Ashes

On August 15, 2013 By

JAPAN

BY WINNIE ANNE INUI
I met my in-laws for the first time on New Year’s Day 1966, shortly before my wedding…

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BY PAUL HANSTEDT
…they had asked the university council to place the Goddess of Democracy — a twenty-foot statue commemorating the sacrifice of the Tiananmen students — on campus following tonight’s vigil….

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