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KJ 6
published March 10, 1988
66 pages

cover-wide

Cover Image by Kawagichi Yoichiro

We live in the age of corporate organisms. Though no formal announcements have been issued, it’s becoming harder to ignore that they have wrested control of the earth from Homo sapiens and supplanted us as the planet’s dominant species. It is they— the multinationals, government bureaucracies, religious hierarchies, military bodies, et al. — not individual humans, that generate our era’s character, its patterns of wealth & poverty, its technological progress & ecological peril, its entertainment and political agenda. They have, in short, taken over, and nowhere more so than in Japan.
—W. David Kubiak, E. Pluribus Yamato: The Culture of Corporate Beings



The nation had just celebrated his 75th birthday the week before, and he had never been to McDonald’s! Billions sold to his loyal subjects throughout the land, and he had never visited one of those bright, modern establishments of yellow and red that he’d seen from the shaded windows of the limousine on his rare excursions from the palace.
—Robert Brady, The Emperor Visits MacDonalds

In Kyoto there are three areas of life which, residents say, may overwhelm outsiders if they try to explore too deeply: the world of Buddhist priests, the Gion entertainment and geisha district, and the Nishijin weaving district. The world of Nishijin, like that of the temples or teahouses, is considered to be a complex organization rooted in a long tradition, with a sense of mystery which cannot be easily unraveled by outsiders. Nishijin is the name for three interrelated entities: the district of Kyoto in which silk brocade weaving has been carried on for some five centuries; the weaving process, which is complicated, and requires the finest skills in Japan; and finally, the unique product — the broacade used for priestly garments and for obi (kimono sashes) that are worn on the highest ceremonial occasions in Japan, such as weddings, tea ceremonies, noh plays and traditional festivals. Over its long history, Nishijin cloth has become one of the cultural symbols of Japan.

— Tamara Hareven, Nishijin in Crisis

Contents:

Nature VS Japan – Rick Davis

To form a more perfect union – E. Pluribus Yamato: the culture of corporate beings – W. David Kubiak

Building loyalty: the resurrection of Kusunoki Masashige – Hal Gold

The anatomy of restraint – Joseph LaPenta

Flower viewing – Photographs by Tsuchida Hiromi

Rocking mirror daybreak – Linked Verse by Ooka Makoto and Thomas Fitzsimmons

Time trips – Ken Rodgers

Nishijin in Crisis – Tamara Hareven

The Lemon – Kajii Motojiro

Song Surgery: sounds from a Japanese jungle – Waldomar Komatsu

Pia’s Pic: a subjective guide to the 80’s – Pia Lamerin

Testimony – Xavier Guillot

Reviews:


 Different People: Pictures of some Japanese, by Donald Richie — Leo Kenny

 The Old Capital, by Yasunari Kawabata, trans. Martin J. Holman — Lisa Lowitz

 Secret Teachings in the Art of Japanese Gardens, by David A. Slawson — Ian Perlman

 Break the Mirror, by Nanao Sakaki — Ken Rodgers


 

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