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 Page 4 of 8 Continue Reading

God’s Tears: Reflections on the Atomic Bombs Dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
REVIEW by George Jisho Robertson

The bare fact is that the national governments of the countries of many of the readers of David Krieger’s book still hold nuclear weapons, something that only makes sense if they are willing to use them.

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Country Lives

On December 13, 2011 By

ETHNOLOGY
REVIEW BY KEN RODGERS

The Japanese ethnologist Miyamoto Tsuneichi (1907-1981) walked more than 100,000 miles, mainly during the 1940s and 50s, gathering reminiscences of rural life from village elders…

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If Edo Could Do It…

On December 13, 2011 By

HISTORY/ECOLOGY
BY JULIAN BAMFORD

In Edo itself, at the time the only city of a million people in the world, a crowded population is served by a system of underground wooden water pipes that gravity-feed “wells”…

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Geisha Tradition

On November 13, 2011 By

FILM
REVIEW BY SALLY McLAREN

Hannari — Geisha Modern is a documentary film about the lives and arts of geisha in contemporary Kyoto filmed from the perspective of a Japanese woman.

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A Machiya Primer

On November 13, 2011 By

ARCHITECTURE
REVIEW BY JOHN EINARSEN

Anyone who has recently walked the streets of Kyoto surely has noticed the resurgence in machiya renovation…

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Metabolic Syndrome

On November 13, 2011 By

ARCHITECTURE
REVIEW BY SUSAN PAVLOSKA

These lucid essays discuss Japanese architecture in the aftermath of the Bubble.

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Rediscovering Kyoto

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BY MARI KATSUI

I work as a guide for foreign tourists and though I mean to introduce them to the charms of Japan, instead it is often they who remind me of my country’s beauty.

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FILM
REVIEW BY CHRISTOPHER TATE

As Donald Richie tells us, at the end of the nineteenth century, a cameraman from the Tokyo Mitsukoshi Department Store shot some of the first film footage in Japan, and thirty-odd years later, Japan was the world’s largest film producer…

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Facing Self, Reality

On October 26, 2011 By

SPIRIT
BY STEWART WACHS

Naikan, which means “introspection” in Japanese, implores us to look not merely within but beyond ourselves by routinely asking a set of three questions…

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