Kyoto Journal Issue 1



Our first issue!

The Epic of Tea
The Salaryman and the Office Lady
Interview with Kyoto poet Edith Shiffert
Manga: Graphic World of Japanese Phantoms
Kyogen as Universal Comedy

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Mythology, like any art, is the outward projection of an inner reality. We are the gods, goddesses, heroes, heroines, giants, spirits, and demons of our own personal myths. The journey is inward. Yet we need the ‘outward projections’ to lead the way to our own ‘inner realities’. The chaji [4-hour tea ceremony event] and the tea house are just such projections.

— Daniel Kane, The Epic of Tea

The kanji that spell the word kyogen are instinctively interpreted by actors — though not necessarily by scholars who write about kyogen — as “mad words.” The reasons are plain enough. The language of kyogen is vigorous and exuberant, a swirl of sound that leaps, races and tumbles through a dizzying array of pitches, rhythms, tempi and vocal tone colors. It’s utterly unlike the vocal style of noh, which is measured, stately, and somehow orderly even when wild.
— Jonah Salz, Omoshiroi Mon Ja: Kyogen as Universal Comedy

Friends, you’ve heard of bonsai, the miniature trees perfected by the Japanese over centuries, now popular all over the world? Well we at Heavensent Laboratories have compressed centuries into moments, and with our research have developed just the things to go with those bonsai trees: that’s right, friends’, we have perfected a complete line of bonsai livestock! It’s no longer a dream, friends; now, right in the privacy of your own city living room, you can operate a bonsai farm!
— Robert Brady, Bonsai


The Upstairs Thing? – Mark Willis
“The car is not a sacred cow” – Cherie Wenderken
Taruden: Soul Buckets – Diane Durston
Photographs from Faded Stone: Images of Japan – Robert Kowalczyk
Omoshirou Mono Ja: Kyogen as Universal Comedy – Dan Furst
The Salaryman and the Office Lady
A Modern Kyogen – Dan Furst
Graphic World of Japanese Phantoms – Mizuki Shigeru
Edith Marcombe Shiffert – Interviewed by Paul Wadden
“Wind” Poetry Section – Edited by Bill Shively: Peter Schneider, Ken Rodgers, Yoshizawa Shoji, Midorikawa Masami, Shigi Yamaguchi, Paul Wadden
Bonsai – Robert Brady
On Learning Pottery in Japan – Ruth Huebner
Oomoto and the Seven Herbs – Gary De Coker
Museum Piece – Ken Rodgers
A Small Guide to Tea – Takashima Noriko


Japanese Death Poems, by compiled by Yoel Hoffmann — Bill Shiveley
Cover Image by Kitaoka Kiyoshi
published December 1, 1986

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