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Gary Snyder: Asia's heavy toll on nature

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Enter the mind of American poet and scholar Gary Snyder and watch as time pulls back, perspectives shift and an epoch passes in a single blink. His newest book of prose, “The Great Clod,” is a series of essays on Asia’s ecological history, combining culture and politics in a way ...

Novelist Hideo Furukawa views the Fukushima disaster through nonhuman eyes

Jun 11, 2016

Novelist Hideo Furukawa views the Fukushima disaster through nonhuman eyes

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After the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, critically acclaimed writer Hideo Furukawa experienced an unsettling “imagination meltdown.” “Novelists are artists, and usually imagination comes between them and reality,” Fukushima-born Furukawa says. “But when reality becomes something far beyond our imagination, we are exposed, rendered ...

'Butoh': the dance of death and disease

May 28, 2016

'Butoh': the dance of death and disease

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The first dance in Japan may well have been a mythological striptease. In one of the most famous episodes from Japanese folklore, the goddess Ame-no-Uzume-no-Mikoto entices Amaterasu Omikami, the sun deity, to come out of hiding by ripping off her clothes and dancing. The ...

'Japaneseness: A Guide to 76 Values and Virtues'

May 28, 2016

'Japaneseness: A Guide to 76 Values and Virtues'

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Love it or hate it, Yoji Yamakuse’s explanation of the concepts fundamental to Japanese behavior, “Japaneseness: A Guide to Values and Virtues,” deserves a read. Japaneseness, by Yoji Yamakuse160 pagesStone Bridge Press, Nonfiction. According to the introduction by Stone Bridge Press, the book was ...

Reading kimono: the lexicon of dress

May 21, 2016

Reading kimono: the lexicon of dress

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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 ...