Toshimi Horiuchi

For Toshimi Horiuchi's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Language | BILINGUAL Oct 5, 2001

Open your ears to nature's rainbow of sound

In Japan, autumn fills nature, not only with visual colors, but also with "colorful" sounds: blowing wind, birdsong, the chirping of insects and the crunching of leaves. It is no wonder, then, that many Japanese haiku about autumn are painted with these aural "colors." suzushisa ...

Language | BILINGUAL Aug 3, 2001

Poetry, music and art make for a peaceful soul

Several summers ago, while at St. John's University in Minnesota, I came across a book that had matched a poem by Ntozake Shange with paintings by American artist Romare Bearden (1912-88). The poem began with its title line, "i live in music," and ended with ...

Language | BILINGUAL Feb 16, 2001

Somewhere over the rainbow lies a pot of bliss

In any creative activity, our powers of invention stimulate the mind, in much the same way fertilizer in a vineyard helps the grapes grow to make wine. By engaging these powers, particularly insight and synthesization, our mental and creative capacity is nurtured and nourished. Both ...

Language | BILINGUAL Jan 19, 2001

Understanding the power of evil

Hamlet's views on man are well known: "What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! In form and moving how express and admirable! In action how like an angel! In apprehension how like a god! The ...

Language | BILINGUAL Dec 15, 2000

Hopes of peace rise with dawn of the 21st century

On the last day of the 20th century, the world seemed to resonate with the mournful aftermath of tragedies perpetrated across the globe during the previous 100 years. It appeared necessary to pin one's hopes on the dawn of the new century in order ...

Language | BILINGUAL Nov 17, 2000

A song that stirred the music of the heart

The season was far advanced when Etoile Nord came to Kyoto to study at a certain university. The sound of temple bells stretched thinly across the day and five-storied pagodas bathed in the setting sun. Crimson leaves fluttered down from the maple trees and ...

Language | BILINGUAL Oct 20, 2000

On living in the best of all possible worlds

In "Modern Man in Search of a Soul" (1933) Swiss psychologist Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) remarks: "The artist is not a person endowed with free will who seeks his own ends, but one who allows art to realize its purposes through him . . ...

Language | BILINGUAL Jul 21, 2000

Nourishing one's own inner source of joy

Just as the sun draws life from the earth, urging flowers to bloom and fruits to ripen, thus creating an earth "worthy" for humans to dwell in, so, I believe, in each person's soul an "inner sun" shines which makes human life well worth ...

General Jun 16, 2000

Healing relationships bloom in 'renga'

A Japanese proverb says: Doki ai motomu (Like minds are drawn to one another). This is similar to the English proverb: Birds of a feather flock together. Indeed, human beings with similar tastes or interests tend to come together in groups. An exquisite essence of this ...