Kyoto Journal Issue 69



A Hokkaido Town Looks Beyond Global Warming
Building a Camera Obscura Out of Ice
The Art of the Shaanxi Shadow Play
Kashgar to Tashkurgan: Notes from Far West China
Rumi on Chinese Art and Greek Art

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Recognizing that the environment really is changing, townspeople have had to come to terms with the situation. Some have seen the retreating ice as an opportunity for a slower, more sustainable approach to community, and they seek to promote Mombetsu as the “Slowest Town in Japan.” – John Einarsen, Pouring Light Into Mombetsu: A Hokkaido Town Looks Beyond Global Warming 

How the Mongols managed to take over China and Korea, the Middle East up to the borders of Syria and Egypt, and what is today known as Russia, this is not an easy question to answer. I do not propose to even try. Perhaps the more constructive question, the one we should really ask ourselves today is why it is so difficult to understand?– Paul Kahn, The Central Question 

While I was studying in India, I had a German classmate with whom I also shared a room in the hostel. In a word, we were roommates. …I told him I had read the work of the German poet Heinrich Heine, his namesake. He shrugged—nowadays, he said, everyone was writing poetry. I abandoned nineteenth century German literature and mentioned Heinrich Boll and Erich Maria Remarque. He looked at me suspiciously, as if I were trying to trap him into admitting some association with criminals wanted by Interpol. – Ho Anh Thai, The Barter (trans. Ho Anh Thai & Wayne Karlin)


Pouring Light Into Mombetsu: A Hokkaido Town Looks Beyond Global Warming – John Einarsen
Suzuka Yasu – Samsara
Ishihara Masumi – Connecting With Healing Spirit
Sato Tokihiro – Building A Camera Obscura Out of Ice
Shadow Diary – Photos by James Jack
On the Art of Shaanxi Shadow Play – Edward A. Burger
In the Valley of Lijiang– Or Giladi
Kashgar to Tashkurgan – Notes from Far West China – Scott Ezell
The Negative – Arthur Sze
Chinese Art & Greek Art – Rumi (trans. Coleman Barks)
The Sun in the Marketplace – Yan Li (trans. Zhang Er & Leo Schwarz)
Thanks For That – Yan Li (trans. Dennis Mair)
A Poem on Things – Zhang Di (Trans Jeanne Hong Zang)
The Firebombing of Tokyo – Tony Barnstone
Bontei – Marc P. Keane
The Central Question – Paul Kahn
Re-branding China: Wang Min and the Beijing Image
Tunnel of Love – Tze Ming Mok
Land and Money – William Stimson
In Translation:
Troopers’ Inn – Takenishi Hiroko, trans. Lawrence Rogers

See also online feature “The Man Who Believed in Fairy Tales” by Ho Anh Thai

Making A Difference: Tales of an American Physical Therapist in Vietnam (
The Big Rainbow– Robert Brady
A History of Japanese Body-Suit Tattooing, Mark Posden & Marco Bratt, reviewed by Dustin Leavitt
Haiku Humor, Wit and Folly in Japanese Poems and Prints, Stephen Addiss with Fumuko Y. Yamamoto and Akira Y. Yamamoto, reviewed by William J. Higginson
For Gods, Ghosts & Ancestors, Janet Lee Scott, reviewed by Lauren W. Deutsch
Plastic Culture: How Japanese Toys Conquered the World, reviewed by Eric Luong
JAPANAMERICA: How Japanese Pop Culture has Invaded the U.S., Roland Kelts, reviewed by Ken Rodgers
The Politics of Nanjing: An Impartial Investigation, Kitamura Minoru (trans. By Hal Gold), reviewed by Russel Moses
Amongst White Clouds; Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, …and Spring; Why Has Bodhidarma Left For the East? reviewed by Lauren W. Deutsch
Women of the Way: Discovering 2,000 Years of Buddhist Wisdom, Sallie Tisdale, reviewed by Lauren E. Bean
Losing Kei, Suzanne Kamata, reviewed by Colleen Shiels
The Magical Butterfly and Other Stories, Sherry Nakanishi, reviewed by Justin Ellis
Shadow of the Silk Road, Colin Thubron, reviewed by James Dalglish

published March 10, 2008


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