Teaching visitors traditional ways

Feb 27, 2010

Teaching visitors traditional ways

Upon meeting Michi Ogawa, who is deftly aligning the collar of a kimono that she has tucked around her guest, a few adjectives might come to mind, like “graceful” and “soft-spoken,” but “feminist” or “outspoken” probably wouldn’t be among them. But speak with her ...

Calm reflections on a turbulent life

Jan 16, 2010

Calm reflections on a turbulent life

In a diminutive wooden house tucked behind the tile-topped white walls surrounding Tenryuji Temple, a World Heritage site in Kyoto’s Arashiyama district, lives Henry “Seisen” Mittwer, 91, a Japanese-American Buddhist priest, author, ikebana and ceramic artist. On a recent midwinter afternoon, as unseen tourists ...

Storyteller of implausible success

Dec 26, 2009

Storyteller of implausible success

Imagine this: An Indian diplomat in London churns out his first novel during a two-month hiatus before his next posting. The novel becomes an international best-seller and is translated into 42 languages. Before the book is even printed it has been optioned for a ...