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Asian Comics

Feb 7, 2015

Asian Comics

by Finbar O'Mallon

At the start of “Asian Comics” John A. Lent announces Japanese comics won’t get a mention — so manga fans, back away. Instead, he traces the development of cartoons in China, Korea, Malaysia and other Asian nations. Asian Comics, by John A. Lent 400 ...

Hallucinating in print with Keiichi Tanaami

Jan 31, 2015

Hallucinating in print with Keiichi Tanaami

by Mike Sunda

Prolific is a word that hardly does justice to Keiichi Tanaami. Born in Tokyo in 1936, Tanaami has worked ceaselessly, imparting a lasting legacy on the landscape of Japanese Pop Art. He has been described as “Japan’s Andy Warhol,” but unlike Warhol, Tanaami’s works ...

Dendera

Jan 31, 2015

Dendera

by James Hadfield

Though there’s still plenty of debate about whether it was ever common for Japan’s rural communities to deal with elderly relatives by leaving them to die on a mountain, it makes for a great story. Depicted in Keisuke Kinoshita’s 1958 period drama, “Narayama Bushiko” ...

Ground Zero, Nagasaki

Jan 31, 2015

Ground Zero, Nagasaki

by Finbar O'Mallon

Ground Zero, Nagasaki, by Seirai Yuichi, Translated by Paul Warham. Colombia University Press, Fiction. Seirai Yuichi’s “Ground Zero, Nagasaki” tells six short stories centered around Nagasaki’s Christian community and the ongoing trauma of its atomic bombing. Paul Warham’s clear translation means Yuichi’s writing retains ...

The Ink Dark Moon

| Jan 24, 2015

The Ink Dark Moon

by Kris Kosaka

No other period in Japan’s literary history was as dominated by women as the Heian Period (794-1185). Most Japanophiles know names such as Sei Shonagon (“The Pillow Book”) or Murasaki Shikibu (“The Tale of Genji”) for their contributions to the world of literature, but ...

Hiroshi Sugimoto: On the Beach

Jan 24, 2015

Hiroshi Sugimoto: On the Beach

by John L. Tran

Hiroshi Sugimoto’s photography is mesmerizing partly because of its other-worldly perfection — his black-and-white prints are flawless. On its own, however, this isn’t enough to justify the significance of his work in the contemporary art scene. His deadpan images of animal dioramas, waxwork figures ...

Zen Koans

Jan 24, 2015

Zen Koans

by Finbar O'Mallon

The famous question, “What is the sound of one hand clapping?” is a Zen koan; a deliberately obtuse poem used by Buddhists to probe reality and test one’s ignorance. Zen Koans, by Steven Heine.University of Hawai’i press, Poetry. Unfortunately, Steven Heine hasn’t written “Zen ...