Rambles

Robert Brady, one of the founders of KJ, has contributed to almost every issue — his voice and the magazine’s co-evolving over the years. Since April 2002 he has maintained an almost daily net presence at Pure Land Mountain, with well over 3,000 musings on, well, you name it. Photograph by Stewart Wachs
 

 
Robert Brady’s new book The Big Elsewhere draws from his unpublished journals, articles and painstakingly-revised blog posts to document over 20 years of country living in Shiga, overlooking Lake Biwa, woven into the bigger picture of evolution, local tradition and the impact of modern times. Meditations, humor, rambles and even haiku, with superb sumi-e illustrations by Komori.
Available as print-on-demand, or PDF, see http://www.kyotojournal.org/the-big-elsewhere/
 
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Rambles

On June 15, 2011 By

Rambles

Robert Brady, one of the founders of KJ, has contributed to almost every issue — his voice and the magazine’s co-evolving over the years. Since April 2002 he has maintained an almost daily net presence at Pure Land Mountain, with well over 3,000 musings on, well, you name it. Photograph by Stewart Wachs
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Signs of Darkness

On June 8, 2012 By

BY ROBERT BRADY

One summer evening not long ago, in a certain part of Tokyo, a big city up north, hundreds of households right at the pinnacle of prime time were suddenly plunged into an unfamiliar state known in pre-electric eons as “utter darkness”…

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Aspirin

On June 8, 2012 By

BY ROBERT BRADY

You want to know all about aspirin then you just go get yourself a good case of sciatica, nothing will teach you about aspirin better than a good case of sciatica…

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An American Issei

On December 23, 2011 By

BY ROBERT BRADY

I am the first generation of my family to visit Japan, let alone live here. My wife, who is Japanese, is about the 900th generation of her family to live here…

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BY ROBERT BRADY

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

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BY ROBERT BRADY

There comes a moment in every commuting man’s life when he has to choose between continuing his career or suddenly stripping naked on the morning bus.

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BY ROBERT BRADY

Startled onlookers early today beheld a throng of intelligent buildings gliding along the major thoroughfares out of Tokyo, as that city’s architectural IQ plummeted to a new low.

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Bonsai

On November 30, 2011 By

BY ROBERT BRADY

It’s no longer a dream, friends; now, right in the privacy of your own city living room, you can operate a bonsai farm!

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Getting Home

On November 17, 2011 By

BY ROBERT BRADY

You’ve been working in Osaka for a week or so now, commuting from Kyoto and back each day, a distance of some 40 kilometers, and you’ve learned a few basics of this fine art of Japanese commuting that have given you insight into the economic miracle of the Japanese, and their behavior on the battlefield in times of war.

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BY ROBERT BRADY

“Our purpose is to guard against the demons; our task is never-ending! We must keep the demons in check, or chaos will ensue!” he intoned…

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