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'Liv': The truth of war in a pair of cornflower-blue eyes

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In the landmark Western "The Searchers" (1956) directed by John Ford, John Wayne plays embittered Civil War veteran Ethan Edwards, in obsessive pursuit of Comanche Indians who have kidnapped his niece. Such is Edward's hatred for Native Americans we spend the movie convinced he will murder, not rescue, his niece ...

Exploring war through woodblock prints

Jan 20, 2018

Exploring war through woodblock prints

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Sensō-e, literally "war pictures," are a particularly dramatic form of Japanese woodblock print that emerged as a style of reportage during the Satsuma Rebellion of 1877, and went on to become a widespread and popular way of disseminating patriotic imagery during the First Sino ...

This no garden variety book on Zen practice

/ Dec 30, 2017

This no garden variety book on Zen practice

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The over-application of the term Zen to describe everything from interior design to restaurant menus pored over by celebrities and fashionistas to the expression a "Zen moment" can be tiresome. Zen Gardens and Temples of Kyoto, by John Dougill, Photography by John Einarsen.144 pages TUTTLE PUBLISHING, ...

Accounts and Images of Six Kannon in Japan

/ Dec 23, 2017

Accounts and Images of Six Kannon in Japan

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An 11th-century text, "A Tale of Flowering Fortunes," described the Six Kannon who "filled the worlds in the 10 directions with innumerable rays of light, which manifested in their colors the bodhisattva resolve to benefit all living beings everywhere." Accounts and Images of Six Kannon ...

'The Great Passage': Shion Miura's dictionary of life

/ Dec 23, 2017

'The Great Passage': Shion Miura's dictionary of life

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First published in 2011, Shion Miura's "The Great Passage" still rides high in popularity today. Miura brings together a cast of eccentric characters, united in their aim to publish a comprehensive dictionary despite the cost, reluctance from their publishing firm and the monumental effort ...