Kyoto Journal 84


Published December 14th, 2015 | 168 pages
 

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An Apprentice Boatbuilder in Japan
Yoko Inoue on Art, Flags and TPP
Beyond the Eye with Naoyuki Ogino
A Photographic Journey to Kham
Ikebana Power

 

 
KJ 84 opens with Douglas Brooks’ glimpses of a practice once ubiquitously vital to all Japan’s coastal, lake and river communities, now almost lost: the art of wooden boat building; Donna James meditates on another ancient conjunction of ingenuity, respect, and natural materials – in Sogetsu flower arrangement. Douglas J. Penick explores mythic and haunting sarugaku origins of Noh theater.

Kyoto photographer Naoyuki Ogino opens our eyes to see into the shadows of traditional Buddhist O-bon dance, Clark Lunberry reads the fiery calligraphy of Kyoto’s mountainside Daimonji festival, and Victoria Knobloch’s photos reveal the devotion of world’s most populous (yet virtually unknown) Buddhist learning community – in Larung Gar, Tibetan China. Winifred Bird interviews the artist Inoue Yoko, who engages with present-day economics, consumer culture and the TPP; Aaron Gilbreath profiles a devotee dealer in vintage American records in Tokyo.

Our In Translation section features ‘The Sacred Horse,’ a story by Hiroshima writer Hiroko Takenishi, translated by Lawrence Rogers. In Fiction, ‘How to Build a House’ by Holly Thompson and ‘Distant and Far Apart’ by Joe Milan Jr.; in Poetry, musings by Paula Bohince, Angela Narciso Torres, Andrew M. Crabtree, Jerrold Yam, and Gail Gutradt. As always, we include an informative Reviews section. And in an excerpt from his recent book The Big Elsewhere, Robert Brady observes the bigger picture in ‘Leonid Time.’
 

CONTENTS

 
FEATURES
4 AN APPRENTICE BOATBUILDER IN JAPAN
Douglas Brooks

15 SOGETSU POWER
Donna James

47 KHAM AND LARUNG GAR—
A PHOTOGRAPHIC MEDITATION
Victoria Knobloch

92 TRICK OR TREAT?—QUESTIONING
CONSUMPTION WITH INOUE YOKO
Winifred Bird

KYOTO NOTEBOOK
20 PICTURING THE FLAMES OF KYOTO’S DAIMONJI
Clark Lunberry

CONVERSATION
34 RE-OPENING OUR EYES
Sarah Brook interviews Kyoto Photographer
Naoyuki Ogino

IN TRANSLATION
61 THE SACRED HORSE
Hiroko Takenishi
Translated by Lawrence Rogers

ENCOUNTERS
67 KOYA ABE: SELLING VINTAGE
RECORDS IN TOKYO
Aaron Gilbreath

POETRY
75 CRANES AND PINES, FROG AND SNAIL,
PLUM BLOSSOMS AND POEM PAPERS
Paula Bohince

78 ARATILES
Angela Narciso Torres

79 茶室 TEAROOM
Jerrold Yam

80 MIYAJIMA
Andrew M. Crabtree

81 BETTER WOULD BE UME
Gail Gutradt

82 FOOT EXTENDING WHISPERS
ON THE BRIDGE OF TRANSFORMATION
Douglas J. Penick

FICTION
105 HOW TO BUILD A HOUSE
Holly Thompson

115 DISTANT AND FAR APART
Joe Milan Jr.

RAMBLE
121 LEONID TIME
Robert Brady

REVIEWS
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