Kyoto Journal Issue 66



Pico Iyer is Lost
The Dancing Dead: Travels through Buddhist China
Buddhist Statues of the Kathmandu Valley
Filming the Foreigner in Japan
Master Rumi: The Path to Poetry, Love & Enlightenment

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I found the monks eager to talk. They didn’t want to know anything about life in America, the latest political scandal, or the World Cup (common questions on buses and trains); they wanted to know what sutras I was (or wasn’t) reading, how many hours I meditated each day, and more to the point, how I intended to “solve the problem of life and death.” – Ben Brose, The Dancing Dead: Travels Through Buddhist China 

One day in the late autumn of 1244, Rumi was sitting by a pool along with his disciples and books. Shams (unknown to Rumi) came along, greeted him and sat down. Interrupting Rumi’s lecture, he pointed to the books and asked, “What are these?” Rumi replied, “This is some knowledge you wouldn’t understand.” Shams then threw all the books into the water and said, “And this is some knowledge you wouldn’t understand.” – Rasoul Sorkhabi, Master Rumi: The Path To Poetry, Love And Enlightenment 

Horiuchi’s works in collage, for all their seeming objectivity, suggest the Japanese quality of aware — a wistful longing for a home that can’t be named in this vanishing world. – Mike Dillon, The Life And Art Of Paul Horiuchi 

As a thriving subculture, otaku are driving the engines of Japan’s economy while challenging the ways we connect with others with their new modes of social interaction. JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization) records show that in 2001, the export market generated by the Japanese youth culture of fantasy entertainment produced 11 trillion yen in revenues. – Joseph Britton, Otacool Nation 



The Dancing Dead: Travels Through Buddhist China – Ben Brose
Spirit From Fire: Buddhist Statues Of The Kathmandu Valley – Harada Shokei
Filming The Foreigner – Wendy Nakanishi
Showdown At Shinagawa: Bowling For Budget In Tokyo – Bill Zarchy
Idle Thoughts – Robert Brady
The Life And Art Of Paul Horiuchi – Mike Dillon
In Translation:
Nakahara Chuya And The Art Of Translation Christian Nagle & Ry Beville
Cutting Off A Finger – Jess Row
The Dumbing Down Of A Docomo Nation – Mark Schreiber
Otacool Nation – Joseph Britton
Korean Wedding Halls – Shin Eun-Kyung
Invisible – Stephanie Han
Eyes Of A Temple Cow – Murzban F. Shroff
Father – Lois P. Jones
Exile – Indonesian Writer Pramoedya Ananta Toer – Andre Vltchek and Rossie Indira
Just Deeds:
Hesitant Laughter In The Land Of A Thousand Smiles – Helen Polychronakos
Volunteer Tourism – Lindsey Marsh
Resamm Phiriry – Sherry Nakanishi
Snow & Spirit – Konishi Yuji & Iida Yasuhiro


Radio Pyongyang: Commie Funk and Agit Pop from the Hermit Kingdom, Guitars of the Golden Triangle: Folk and Pop Music of Myanmar, (music CDs) — Lauren Deutsch
Welcome to Dongmakgol, (DVD) — Jonas Hult
The Teahouse Fire, by Ellis Avery — Susan Pavloska
Kyoto: A Cultural & Literary History, by John Dougill — Preston Houser
Zen Gardens, by Wall Matthews (music CD) — Ted Taylor
Secret Histories: Finding George Orwell in a Burmese Teashop, by Emma Larkin — Roy Hamric
Rumi’s Daughter, by Muriel Maufroy — Rasoul Sorkhabi
The Smell of Rust, by Margaret Chula — Penny Harter
In the Time of Madness, by Richard Lloyd Parry — Justin Ellis
Starfish Hotel, by John Williams — Benjamin Freedland
Buffalo Boy and Geronimo, by James Janko — Ellis Avery
Power Up: How Japanese Video Games Gave the World an Extra Life , by Chris Kohler — Ken Rodgers


Inoue Yasushi’s English Grammar Lesson – Charlie Canning

Cover Image by Kitano Masayuki
published May 10, 2007


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