Jun 24, 2000

Breathing path to beauty and inner peace

KYOTO — In 1973, a week or two after Brooklyn native Ronnie Seldin began playing the shakuhachi, his teacher asked him what he planned to do after he returned to the United States. “Teach shakuhachi,” he answered. “I had no idea then how pretentious ...

Jun 10, 2000

A thick Kyoto sound, with all the right elements

“Thick,” “intense,” “heavy.” These are the words people use to describe the new “Kyoto sound.” The Kyoto band Elements is at the forefront of this movement, shown by the sellout sales of their latest recording, “Singular Sky,” upon its release last month. True to ...

May 1, 2000

Spotting spots at cheetah breeding center

PELINDABA, South Africa — Grrrr . . . grrrr . . . grrr . . . I couldn’t help feeling a little nervous while hoping that the deep dog-growl sound emanating from the magnificent cheetah under my sweaty palm was actually a purr. Luckily ...

Apr 17, 2000

Southern white rhino comes back

HLUHLUWE-UMFOLOZI, South Africa — The ample white rhino sighted on a visit to Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park might lead one to believe that they are plentiful in the wild. Well, yes and no. Here, yes. South Africa is home to over 80 percent of Africa’s rhinoceros, ...

Apr 15, 2000

Paintings with lives of their own

Painter Michael Hofmann says his best work starts and finishes before he’s even realized it. “In my eyes, the work that’s most successful comes as a gift. I may not even know it’s coming, or it may happen when I’ve given up. Some paintings ...

Apr 3, 2000

Up close and personal with wildlife

HOEDSPRUIT, South Africa — There are lots of animals inside fenced enclosures at Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, but the education in wildlife one gets here is very different from what one gets at a zoo. A few hours visiting with the very knowledgeable and ...

Mar 20, 2000

Seated safaris let the wildlife come to you

Trekking through the bush on an African safari can make for a fair amount of physical rigor and a lot of excitement. You’ll see plenty of wildlife — mostly their tail ends, as they run away from you. But for those who’d like to ...

Mar 6, 2000

Never mind lions, look at the birds

When thinking of traveling in South Africa, many people imagine safari-style ventures into the bush to spy elephant, rhino and cheetah. For people who like a challenge, though, the skill it takes to spot and identify the astonishing variety of local birdlife will make ...

Mar 4, 2000

Reaching for light beyond darkness

KYOTO — Many foreigners new to Japan feel the pulls and strains of adapting to the feeling of demanding but hidden rules in this country, trying to understand things that seem generally accepted but never quite articulated. One wonders, when people in this society ...

Jan 31, 2000

Fighting the illegal wildlife trade

PRETORIA — Praised as the best wildlife law-enforcement agency in all of Africa, South Africa’s Endangered Species Protection Unit combines perilous undercover investigation and hardline law enforcement with a passion for one of Africa’s most precious resources — its wildlife. Despite a successful decade-long ...