Conversations

When KJ looks for insights concerning Asian cultures, we try to be specific. Rather than presenting generalizations on “the Japanese,” for example, we try to present individuals who express fresh ideas in their own words. Thus, interviews have always been an absolutely essential element of KJ’s “perspectives from Asia.” In addition, we have published numerous profiles of interesting people, both well- and lesser-known, from contemporary life, and history.

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Conversations

On June 15, 2011 By

Conversations

When KJ looks for insights concerning Asian cultures, we try to be specific. Rather than presenting generalizations on “the Japanese,” for example, we try to present individuals who express fresh ideas in their own words. Thus, interviews have always been an absolutely essential element of KJ’s “perspectives from Asia.” In addition, we have published […]

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Arne Naess in Kyoto

On September 24, 2011 By

BY RICHARD EVANOFF

Ecosophy – an ecological worldview first mapped out by ARNE NAESS – provides the philosophical underpinnings for the movement through a wholistic synthesis of spiritual, political and environmental perspectives.

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David Byrne in Kyoto

On July 21, 2011 By

INTERVIEW BY ROBERT BRADY

“I think of myself as a poet who works in every medium available, pretty much except poetry. It’s either song, or in pictures or something else…”

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India’s Bandit Queen

On July 5, 2011 By

BY CATHERINE PAWASARAT

Astonishing viewers at the Cannes Film Festival, the 1994 film “Bandit Queen” thrust PHOOLAN DEVI into the international limelight. But Devi criticized the film for being overly graphic and for leaving out major events…

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Freedom Within Bounds

On April 17, 2011 By

BY JANET POCOROBA

Unlike many writers on Japan, DONALD RICHIE advances no social theories. By portraying Japanese as individuals, and by doing so with insight and often with sympathy, Richie gives the lie to conventional notions of uniformity.

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Big Fish Eat Little Fish

On April 16, 2011 By

POLITICS
BY OKETANI SHOGO

After World War II, philosopher and critic TSURUMI SHUNSUKE started the highly-respected magazine Shiso no Kagaku (Science of Thought), serving for half a century as its editor and publisher. From the 1950s to the 1970s, he was an outspoken anti-war activist…

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Zen at War

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BY KATHY ARLYN SOKOL

BRIAN DAIZEN VICTORIA maintains that Japan’s vaunted Bushido (Warrior Code) evolved from a corrupted Buddhist metaphysics that not only sanctioned battlefield slaughter but also exalted the Zen-trained warrior’s willingness to die…

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On Musical Chakras

On March 3, 2011 By

MUSIC
BY DAVID W. KUBIAK

At age seven India’s percussion legend ZAKIR HUSSAIN began his 2:00 AM to sunrise practice routines and soon found “tabla prodigy” surgically implanted in every mention of his name.

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