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KJ 26
published April 1, 1994
74 pages

Cover Image by Takeda Yoshifumi

MONOLOGIST, TELEVISION AND FILM ACTOR, short story writer, illustrator, Isse Ogata is a renaissance man in the stratified world of Japanese arts. On stage, his breadth and depth are unparallelled and his artistry shows the marks of genius: original, immediately recognizable, and impossible to imitate. In the live performances which vaulted him to fame, Ogata introduces a human zoo inhabited by society’s male dropouts and down-and-outs: the failed salesman, unhappy lover, lecherous teacher, panhandler, ex-husband, lonely civil servant, workaholic father… A few of them keep reappearing as familiar friends, serial players in the lonely-hearts club band: the acerbic Bartender, the unemployed Man with the Eyebrows, the Born-again Evangelist. But most Ogata characters are one-timers, destined to make a quick, often indelible mark on an audience and never to return. — Jonah Salz, Everyman with a Thousand Faces

 
 

Contents:

EVERYMAN WITH A THOUSAND FACES – Jonah Salz

HOLY JOE – An Adaptation of an Isse Ogata Play by Duncan Hamilton

YORU NO HITO NO UCHI NO KANSHI NO IRIGUCHI – Michael Melcher

WHERE EUROPE BEGINS – Yoko Tawada

DELEUZIONS – Bruce R. Caron

MOZART REQUIEM K626 – Kanayama Akira

BUILDERS OF JAPAN: THE DAY LABORERS OF KAMAGASAKI – Tom Wagner & Wolfgang Herbert

LOOKING GOOD: ON THE ROAD WITH THE SUZHOU STORYTELLERS – Mark Bender

ROOTS OF INFINITY – An Interview with Director Oguri Ken’ichi, by John Einarsen

ON JAPAN’S PLUTONIUM FUTURE: Aileen Mioko Smith and “STOP THE MONJU!” – KEN RODGERS

RETURNING TO CEREMONY: American Indian Leader Dennis Banks – Brian Covert

KYOTO BELL PEPPER BLUES– John Hart Bensen JR.

RAMBLE
THE CLOUD OF GOD – Robert Brady

Reviews:


Borobudur, Golden Tales of the Buddhas, by John Miksic, photographs by Marcello Tranchini — James Robson

Flowing Traces: Buddhism in the Literary and Visual Arts of Japan , Ed. James Sanford, William LaFleur, and Masatoshi Nagatomi — Preston L. Houser


 

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