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KJ 8
published September 10, 1988
66 pages

cover-wide
Cover Image by Everett Brown

The founder of Shugen-do (the ascetic Order of Mountain Priests) is said to have been a legendary soul-loss-type shaman known as En-no-ozuna. who led an active life at the end of the 7th century, mainly on Mt. Katsuragi in Yamato. According to the Nihonryoiki, he had acquired the “magic of the peacock” (superhuman power) through austere mental and physical disciplines on the mountain and achieved mastery over demons. Later, after further discipline on Mt. Fuji, he even became able to fly.
— Nishimura Kho, Shamanism and Medical Cures


Testing, can you hear me? I don’t really know how you will take to receiving this letter — that is, this tape — I really can’t imagine. I suppose you might even get quite upset by it all. Why? … because it’s highly unusual for a product control clerk of a department store to reply to a customer complaint by cassette tape — with a personalized message, too, mind you! — you could even, if you were so inclined, say the whole thing was downright bizarre.
— Murakami Haruki, The Kangaroo Communique

Contents:

Nippon joins the nets – W. David Kubiak

Aesthetic Revolution in the Takayama Hills – Eric Kirsch interviews Yoshikazu Ikeda

Transpersonalism comes east – Bill Kelly interviews Yoshifuku Shinichi

The divine in the contemporary world – Mark Unno with Nishitani Keiji, Kawai Hayao and David Miller

Osore-zan – Photographs by Kuramoto Yoshihisa

Shamanism and medical cures – Nishimura Kho

Ma: Place, Space and Void Gunter Nitschke

The Noodle Victory – Robert Brady

The Kangaroo Communiqué – Murakami Haruki

One man’s meat is another man’s person – Peter Schneider

Poems by John Willson and Lithographs by Sarah Brayer

The creation in thirty-three acts – Kai Masayo and Alex Shishin

The Umbrella – G. Albero

Reviews:


 Video Night in Kathmandu and Other Reports from the Not-So-Far-East, by Pico Iyer— Eric Gower

 The Shooting Gallery, by Yuko Tsushima — Sharon Trent

 Is it too Late? The Longest Letter I’ve Ever Written, by Kansha Taeko, trans. Doden Aiko — Maggie Suzuki

 

 

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