Posts by: johneinarsen

BY Lauren W. Deutsch,
Kim Keumhwa, Korea’s renowned charismatic naramansin, “national” shaman, is already awake…preparing to greet the spirits lodged in her small sindang (spirits’ shrine room) next to her bedroom.

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Better Would Be Ume

On February 3, 2015 By

Come Spring I’ll choose a tree
to fill the emptiness
and celebrate the birds’ return with flowers.

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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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“The sense of liberation among participants is almost palpable, there are no expectations, no ‘shoulds,’ no senses of inferiority, the baseline for everyone is the same.”

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REVIEW BY Lauren W Deutsch

“To begin with a chawan in the palm of one’s hand and end up imagining a garden, poem or painting reveals the richness inherent in Japanese culture.” — Allen S. Weiss

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“Let the photo-taking sessions be a ballet instead of a military-style attack or a grueling marathon. In the garden, drink the sun, sweep with the wind, sing like a bird, and dance with a shovel and a rake.”

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Picaro Rising

On December 10, 2014 By

Picaro Rising

 
REVIEW BY DAVID COZY
 
Running Through Beijing by Xu Zechen. Translated by Eric Abrahamsen.
San Francisco: Two Lines Press, 161 pp., $12.95 (paper).
 

n China’s major cities there is an elite one percent or so that drive nice cars, eat in nice […]

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“Meditative playfulness and thoughtful experimentation are continually encouraged as the author takes us step-by-step through the process of learning the sumi arts.”

REVIEW BY Michael Lambe

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