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Robert Brady’s new book The Big Elsewhere draws from his unpublished journals, articles and painstakingly-revised blog posts to document over 20 years of country living in Shiga, overlooking Lake Biwa, woven into the bigger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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Sen-no-Rikyu Hits The Ceiling

On July 21, 2011 By

BY ROBERT BRADY

Sen-no-Rikyu drops by my house two or three times a year, when he’s in town in this dimension, or when this town is in that dimension, I’m not sure which…

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Mountains of the Mind

On July 21, 2011 By

BY ROBERT BRADY

Everyone knows that the mind becomes extremely mountainous only a few steps in from the coast. The creatures that reside in this uncharted area on our mental maps are seldom seen by others, yet are common to us all…

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Colonization.com

On July 21, 2011 By

BY ROBERT BRADY

These invisible electroincursions began in the form of Japanese cyberdomain registrations by people all over the world other than Japan, a virtual international takeover of cyberNihon that goes on even now.

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BY ROBERT BRADY

Tabasco sauce? Great topping for ice cream. Jalapeños? Mild, mouth-refreshing chewing gum… I’d graduated, man. Nothing could touch me now…

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The Cloud Resembles a Rabbit

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BY ROBERT BRADY

I was experiencing what every traveler senses at every international transit: that borders determine news, and that all news is local.

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Ripples

On July 21, 2011 By

BY ROBERT BRADY

One early morning each Spring as I descend the mountain road, acquiring as I go the joy of the roadside stream…I am struck for the first time that year full in the eyes by a flash of morning sun up from the earth…

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Variety & What Happened to It

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BY ROBERT BRADY

Today…our global spectrum of choices includes not only whether to buy a house or a car in which hemisphere, but whether to buy an infinitely colored version of a hundred models of a thousand brands with or without bay windows or…

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True Destination

On July 21, 2011 By

BY ROBERT BRADY

Some folks still think of life in the old-fashioned way, as a river flowing to a majestic sea, or as a long open highway leading to a wondrous destination, and either metaphor can still capture in a sort of word-amber what is becoming an increasingly packaged process.

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Notes from Pure Land Mountain

On July 21, 2011 By

BY ROBERT BRADY

Yesterday, out in the fine gold spring day tilling and planting spinach, I kept being distracted by loud poppings here and there in the sky, thinking them perhaps to be monkeys gathering and eating seeds in the trees or something, or maybe birds, or the trees themselves stretching in the warmth of spring, or…

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