Kyoto Journal Issue 9



Akasegawa Genpei’s Gods of Intervention
Takemitsu Toru
Anti Nuclear Activist Hirose Takashi
Japan’s Other Emperor
Historical Kyoto Overshadowed

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Any traveller to Japan in Showa 15 (1940), when I first arrived there, was keenly aware of the Emperor. For one thing, it was the 2,600th anniversary of the crowning of Jimmu Tenno, a claim of longevity that no other monarchy in the world could boast. On the streetcar the lady ticket collector called out, Tadaima Kyujo mae de gozaimasu, (“We are now crossing in front of the Imperial Palace grounds”), and we passengers all stood up and bowed. At Hosei University where I taught English, there was a photograph of the Emperor in many classrooms, and some teachers had pasted a little flap of paper over the Imperial face. At the Kabuki-za, when any Emperor’s name was mentioned in the text of the drama, actors and debayashi musicians inclined their heads.
—Faubian Bowers, Recollections of Tenno Heika

For the past five years writer Hirose Takashi has been on the road almost constantly, warning Japanese of the dangers of nuclear power. His trademark four-hour lectures — sometimes delivered thrice in a day — hold audiences spellbound in packed auditoriums around the country. In recognition of his marathon efforts the nuclear industry has responded with a multimillion-dollar media budget and blistering salvos of public criticism. Although the storm of attention is fairly new, his commitment is not. At 45, Hirose, a retired metals research technician, is a veteran anti-nuclear researcher and campaigner.
—Wladislav Dee, Beyond Movements


Historical Kyoto overshadowed – Okumura Yuzo
Saga of Tokusayama-Cho – Diane Durston
Recollections of Tenno Heika– Faubian Bowers
Notes from the Autumn Sumo Tournament, Tokyo 1984 – John Willson
Japan’s other emperor – W. David Kubiak
At odds with the world – Inuma Jiro
Beyond movements: Anti-Nuclear Activist Hirose Takashi – Wladislav Dee
Daioptrically speaking – Dai Seigan
Paradise – Ian Perlman
Poetry – Kusano Shimpei and Paul Wadden
Gods of intervention – Manga by Akasegawa Gempei
Takemitsu Toru – Sawako Taniyama
Deer in the road – Mark Willis
Japan against apartheid – Brian Covert interviews Jinno Akira
Greetings from L.A., Japan – Ed Shorer
A pair of boots – Robert Brady

Cover Image by Kita Toshiyuki
66 pp
published December 10, 1988


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