Kyoto Journal Issue 8


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Ma: Place, Space, Void
Shamans and Medical Cures
Murakami Haruki’s The Kangaroo Communiqué
Aesthetic Revolution in the Higashiyama Hills
The Divine in the Contemporary World

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The founder of Shugen-do (the ascetic Order of Mountain Priests) is said to have been a legendary soul-loss-type shaman known as En-no-ozuna. who led an active life at the end of the 7th century, mainly on Mt. Katsuragi in Yamato. According to the Nihonryoiki, he had acquired the “magic of the peacock” (superhuman power) through austere mental and physical disciplines on the mountain and achieved mastery over demons. Later, after further discipline on Mt. Fuji, he even became able to fly.— Nishimura Kho, Shamanism and Medical Cures

Testing, can you hear me? I don’t really know how you will take to receiving this letter — that is, this tape — I really can’t imagine. I suppose you might even get quite upset by it all. Why? … because it’s highly unusual for a product control clerk of a department store to reply to a customer complaint by cassette tape — with a personalized message, too, mind you! — you could even, if you were so inclined, say the whole thing was downright bizarre.— Murakami Haruki, The Kangaroo Communique


Nippon joins the nets – W. David Kubiak
Aesthetic Revolution in the Higashiyama Hills – Eric Kirsch interviews Yoshikazu Ikeda
Transpersonalism comes east – Bill Kelly interviews Yoshifuku Shinichi
The divine in the contemporary world – Mark Unno with Nishitani Keiji, Kawai Hayao and David Miller
Osore-zan – Photographs by Kuramoto Yoshihisa
Shamanism and medical cures – Nishimura Kho
Ma: Place, Space and Void – Gunter Nitschke
The Noodle Victory – Robert Brady
The Kangaroo Communiqué – Murakami Haruki
One man’s meat is another man’s person – Peter Schneider
Poems by John Willson and Lithographs by Sarah Brayer
The creation in thirty-three acts – Kai Masayo and Alex Shishin
The Umbrella – G. Albero


Video Night in Kathmandu and Other Reports from the Not-So-Far-East, by Pico Iyer— Eric Gower
The Shooting Gallery, by Yuko Tsushima — Sharon Trent
Is it too Late? The Longest Letter I’ve Ever Written, by Kansha Taeko, trans. Doden Aiko — Maggie Suzuki

Cover Image by Everett Brown
published September 10, 1988