Kyoto Journal Issue 59



Architecture of Density: The Photographs of Michael Wolf
Before the Flood: Images of the Three Gorges Dam by
Edward Burtynsky
Hands in Prayer: Suzuka Yasu’s Pinhole Photography
Allen Ginsberg’s Naked Haiku

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In many aspects, most psychological theories reflect Western understandings of what a person is. Zen Buddhism, long a part of the culture of Japan, has an implicit understanding of the human being which is different in many ways. When Zen is examined from a psychological perspective, it offers alternatives to Western psychological theory. – Reggie Pawle, Ph.D, The Psychology of Zen (with ink paintings by James Jack)

I’ve had my own neither East nor West moments, talking of Iran in Burma, hearing songs of transcendental love in the axis of evil, sitting in the noumenal space of tea in light and tea in shadow, watching life — a love told in books, a tender dance — unfolding. – Miro Phanruang, Beyond East & West; Reliving Iran on the road in Burma and Cambodia (with photographs by Doc Ross, Stewart Wachs, Ken Straiton, and Yalda Moaiery),

It’s the questions we ask that set us so far apart from the apes in the forest, who have no idea what it means to come in under par or fill the ice cube tray or what a toilet is; even the concept of leveraging is alien to them. – Robert Brady, Keys to the Kingdom


Whimsical Forces – photographs by Hirokawa Taishi
Shipbreaking – photographs from Bangladesh by Edward Burtynsky
The Psychology of Zen – Reggie Pawle, Ph.D. (with ink paintings by James Jack)
Reporting Reality – An interview with Hirokawa Ryuichi, founder of Days Japan – Eric Prideaux
Beyond East & West – Reliving Iran on the road in Burma and Cambodia – by Miro Phanruang (with photographs by Doc Ross, Stewart Wachs, Ken Straiton, and Yalda Moaiery)
Asian Iran – Jason Rezaian, photographs by Doc Ross
Architecture of Density – photographs by Michael Wolf
Before the Flood – photographs of the Three Gorges dam, by Edward Burtynsky
Interaction – photographs of hands in prayer – Suzuka Yasu
Haiku Evolves: In the Footsteps of ‘the Way of Haiku’ – Michael Fessler
Reconnecting Through Poetry – Patricia Donegan
Remembering R.H. Blyth – Duncan Baker, with ink paintings by James Jack and photograph by Gulnara Samoilova
Old Mountain Soul – An interview with haikuist James Hackett – Tim Hornyak
Allen Ginsberg’s Naked Haiku – Patricia Donegan
The Pepper Tree(fiction) – Ito Hiromi
A Poem for my Young Lover – Du Tu Le
Land of Snows – Yidam Tsering
The Diabolical Sweetness of Pol Pot – Soth Polin
Tide Change in Saga: the Isahaya Bay dam debacle – Gavan McCormack, photographs by Nishida Hodaka
A Journey to the Residual World – an interview with photographer Hatakeyama Naoya – Sean O’Toole
Eco-Savvy Village Shows the Way – Kavitha Kuruganti (Women’s Feature Service)
Views from Two Ground Zeros – Hoshikawa Jun (photograph by Gulnara Samoilova, cartoon by Leem Hye Jeong)
Jumping to the Right: Suppressing a Manga on the Nanking Massacre – Philip J. Cunningham
Manners of Speech: Coming to terms with Kyoto’s code – Philip J. Cunningham
Mercury Rising: Contemporary Poetry from Taiwan, Manoa 15:1— Ken Chen
Two Rivers: New Vietnamese Writing from America and Viet Nam, Manoa 14:1— Roy Hamric
Poems of the Masters: China’s Classic Anthology, translated by Red Pine — Preston Houser
Pure Land Haiku: The Art of Priest Issa, by David G. Lanoue — Ken Rodgers
Peacock Hotel, by Philip J. Cunningham — Ken Rodgers
The Year of My Life: A Translation of Issa’s Oraga, by Yuasa Noboyuki — John Brandi
Lost Heian, by Hailstone Haiku Circle — Brian Tasker
Matchibako: Japanese Matchbox Art of the 20s and 30s, by Maggie Kinser Hohle — John Einarsen
Green Tea to Go, by Leza Lowitz — Suzanne Kamata
In Memoriam: Sawano Minoru, husband of Kyoto poet Edith Shiffert – their haiku, with photographs by Micah Gampel

Cover photograph by Michael Wolf: “Architecture of Density”
published March 1, 2005


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