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Robert Brady’s new book The Big Elsewhere draws from his unpublished journals, articles and painstakingly-revised blog posts to document over 20 years of country living in Shiga, overlooking Lake Biwa, woven into the bigger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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Sex and Flat Tires

On July 21, 2011 By

BY ROBERT BRADY

Not long ago I went to see an exhibition on the history of Japanese advertising from the Edo era to the 1950s or so, and found out much more than I bargained for regarding advertising and society in general, and the extent to which marketing success hinges upon consumer ignorance.

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Living Wisdom

On July 21, 2011 By

BY ROBERT BRADY

I’ve learned a lot of things from stones, both from building with them and from butting my head against their walls…

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The Big Elsewhere

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BY ROBERT BRADY

It’s always some place on the road, the long road of my travels, some small town or country place I’m passing through and perhaps never to pass through again that the nameless epiphany comes…

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Real Streets

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BY ROBERT BRADY

Every real street began as a footpath between places very worth walking to…

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Going Home Again

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BY ROBERT BRADY

Home had been a large, gray, rambling wooden house that rattled pleasantly during earthquakes. Built in the Western style in the heart of Tokyo, it wasn’t far from the road along which the 47 ronin had carried the head of Kira on that winter morning in 1702.

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Habitat of Spirit

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BY ROBERT BRADY

The apparatchiks who are assigned to think of such things tend generally to think of imagination the same way they thought of ketchup as a vegetable: just another box to be ticked on the form…

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Keys to the Kingdom

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BY ROBERT BRADY

As we travel the convoluted pathways of life, asking ourselves the myriad questions that characterize intelligent inquiry, such as “Why am I holding this golf club?”

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Blogology 101

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BY ROBERT BRADY

The term ‘blog’ is on everyone’s tongue nowadays, where some find it not very tasteful, mistakenly believing that blogs are rank upstarts without tradition…

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Long Knowledge

On July 21, 2011 By

BY ROBERT BRADY

Heading down the winding road this morning under lowering mountain clouds as the sun was just dawning above the lake, its long rays edging sideways into the dark wedge of space beneath the thick clouds, I was perfectly placed to receive the gift of fresh light livening all the dew the night had draped on the mountainside…

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