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 123