Reading Zen in the Rocks

| Aug 6, 2016

Reading Zen in the Rocks

The powerful ambiguities of dry landscape arrangements, the inevitable questions they raise in relation to what constitutes a garden, the profundity of concepts and principals, many of them deriving from Taoism and Zen, never fail to baffle the uninitiated. Francoise Berthier, a professor of ...

The herb diet of Okinawa's long-living elders

Jul 8, 2016

The herb diet of Okinawa's long-living elders

Young and middle-aged Okinawans are among the most enthusiastic consumers of junk and processed food in Japan. American fast food and a sugar-rich diet have burdened islanders — who once lived staggeringly long lives — with the highest body-mass index rates in the country. ...

Route 58: a drive through Okinawa's peculiar past

Jun 25, 2016

Route 58: a drive through Okinawa's peculiar past

The telegraph poles that once lined Okinawa’s Route 58 have long gone, but the great coastal avenue still reminds me a little of the Dire Straits song “Telegraph Road.” Like the lyrics of Mark Knopfler’s extended anthem, Route 58 is a journey through time, ...

Reading kimono: the lexicon of dress

May 21, 2016

Reading kimono: the lexicon of dress

How Karun Thakar, a passionate collector of textiles, acquired his assortment of kimono is a story in itself. Exposed to fabric techniques in his mother’s couture shop in Delhi, Thakar’s growing curiosity repeatedly took him to Istanbul and Peshawar as he amassed of a ...

Donald Richie: The legacy of an entrenched view

Apr 16, 2016

Donald Richie: The legacy of an entrenched view

The late Donald Richie lived at apartment number 804 in a block directly facing Shinobazu Pond in Tokyo’s Ueno Park. The writer would lead visitors through his home’s dimly lit entrance area — crammed with bookshelves — and his minuscule living room to the ...