Kyoto Journal Issue 41
Donald Richie on 50 years in Japan
The inspiration behind Princess Mononoke
Buddhism and poverty
Shima Spain Village
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Donald Richie has lived for 50 years in Tokyo, published over 30 books on diverse aspects of Japanese culture, and is particularly respected for his writings on cinema. He was interviewed for this issue by Janet Poccoroba. A special 20-page section centers on auteur director Miyazaki Hayao‘s animated movie “Mononoke-hime” (released Fall ’99 in the US as “Princess Mononoke“), with a translation of a recent panel discussion on “Anime + Animism,” between Miyazaki Hayao, eminent Kyoto philosopher Umehara Takeshi, historian Amino Yoshihiko, Buddhist priest Kosaka Seiryu, and cartoonist Makino Seiji. Also included is an excerpt from a new book on Miyazaki by anime authority Helen McCarthy; and Sato Kenji‘s illuminating essay “More Animated than Life,” on why life in Japan imitates animation. Pico Iyer meditates on a sumi-e painting by his friend, Kyoto artist Michael Hoffman, in “Michael’s Muse.” David Loy employs standard Buddhist questions regarding suffering to explore the not-so-theoretical implications of “Buddhism and Poverty.” Matthew Marr looks into homelessness in Kobe; Bruce Caron finds more than meets the eye in leisure resort Shima Spain Village; Torii Yusuke revisits the early days of jazz in Japan; Robert Brady marvels at the phenomenon of Japanese TV “talento.” KJ 41 also features fiction by Samantha Lierens, reviews, letters, a tribute to Allen Ginsberg by Morgan Gibson, and “Encounters,” a new section of first-hand experiences of our readers residing in Asia.
Traces of Dreams: Landscape, Cultural Memory, and the Poetry of Basho, by Haruo Shirane — Morgan Pitelka
Wandering Ghost: The Odyssey of Lafcadio Hearn, by Thomas Cott — Marc P. Keane
Ravine and Other Stories, by Yoshikichi Furui, trans Meredith McKinney — David Zmijewskie
Mirror of Modernity, Ed. Stephen Vlastos — Bruce Caron
Cover Image: Donald Richie, by Everett Brown
published July 25, 1999
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