Reviews

KJ’s successive reviews editors have developed a multi-talented network of writers with interests that range all over Asia and beyond. We plan to put our entire archive of reviews online as a searchable resource.

Reviews editor:
David Cozy
reviews@kyotojournal.org




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Reviews

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Reviews

KJ’s successive reviews editors have developed a multi-talented network of writers with interests that range all over Asia and beyond. We plan to put our entire archive of reviews online as a searchable resource.

Reviews editor:
David Cozy
reviews@kyotojournal.org



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Partitioned Views

On September 15, 2015 By

Kyoto, described by photographer Ben Simmons in Kyoto Gardens as, “a unique treasure of concentrated beauty and spirit found nowhere else,” is a good place to start an exploration of the Japanese garden.

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REVIEW BY Lauren W Deutsch

“To begin with a chawan in the palm of one’s hand and end up imagining a garden, poem or painting reveals the richness inherent in Japanese culture.” — Allen S. Weiss

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“Let the photo-taking sessions be a ballet instead of a military-style attack or a grueling marathon. In the garden, drink the sun, sweep with the wind, sing like a bird, and dance with a shovel and a rake.”

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Picaro Rising

On December 10, 2014 By

Picaro Rising

 
REVIEW BY DAVID COZY
 
Running Through Beijing by Xu Zechen. Translated by Eric Abrahamsen.
San Francisco: Two Lines Press, 161 pp., $12.95 (paper).
 

n China’s major cities there is an elite one percent or so that drive nice cars, eat in nice […]

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“Meditative playfulness and thoughtful experimentation are continually encouraged as the author takes us step-by-step through the process of learning the sumi arts.”

REVIEW BY Michael Lambe

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Poetry and Prose, Mirrors and Distance

 
 
Poems of a Penisist by Mutsuo Takahashi. Translated by Hiroaki Sato.
Twelve Views from the Distance by Mutsuo Takahashi. Translated by Jeffrey Angles.

REVIEW BY GREGORY DUNNE
 
 
he University of Minnesota […]

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Nature and Spirit Reunion

On October 23, 2014 By

REVIEW BY BRIAN COVERT

“There is much work to be done—not only in “saving the Earth,” as the mantra of the environmental movement goes, but also in saving ourselves and our own souls in the process.”

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Far From Home

On October 17, 2014 By

REVIEW BY KEN RODGERS

“The novel hinges on Rashomon-like multiple takes on the hellish circumstances in which one individual prisoner was beaten to death”

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Artworks have Actions

On October 15, 2014 By

“If you are the type of person who is sure that you know what art is then Ai Weiwei is probably not for you.”

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