Jun 6, 2010

Chaos will reign if hidden Buddhas die

“Hidden Buddhas,” or hibutsu, are Buddhist statues that are kept out of sight, though only a few are kept so permanently. Most are put on display for worshippers at regular intervals: once or twice a year, once every several years, once every 33 or ...

| Apr 25, 2010

Results of carnal prohibition are no surprise

When the Vatican “scandal” erupted, I happened to be reading Kumagusu Minakata’s writings on homosexuality — to be exact, his writings as selected, with comments, by Taruho Inagaki. I was doing so because Inagaki (1900-1977) won Japan’s literary “grand prize” for his book, “The ...

| Apr 4, 2010

70 times safer than the roads themselves

NEW YORK — The Toyota saga, though quiet for the moment, will continue. “Lawyers Vie for Lead Roles in Toyota Lawsuits,” said a headline in The Wall Street Journal (March 15). The company’s “legal bill for unintended-acceleration cases will be in the billions,” predicted ...

| Nov 29, 2009

The warring mind-sets on U.S. immigration

NEW YORK — Over dinner with a consultant friend recently, our conversation drifted to U.S. immigration when she said, “I’m worried about our future.” We did not go any further on the subject, but the late-afternoon news flash had said the Obama administration would ...