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Tracing James Lee Byars' time in Japan

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I first met James Lee Byars in Kyoto in early 1967 and, at his invitation, participated in his "performance." At the time I didn't know that he'd been back and forth between Japan and the U.S. for nearly a decade already. I was also unaware that he had already done ...

'Wabi Sabi: The Art of Impermanence': A surprisingly accessible guide to traditional Japanese aesthetics

/ | Aug 12, 2017

'Wabi Sabi: The Art of Impermanence': A surprisingly accessible guide to traditional Japanese aesthetics

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Japan's passion for the modern coexists with aesthetic proclivities that favor antiquity and refinement. Wabi Sabi: The Art of Impermanence, by Andrew Juniper.176 pages TUTTLE, Nonfiction. One expression of the appreciation for age and beauty is the much-cherished effect known as wabi-sabi, the subject of Andrew Juniper's ...

'Tokyo Geek's Guide': Mapping the epicenter of 'otaku' culture

/ Jul 22, 2017

'Tokyo Geek's Guide': Mapping the epicenter of 'otaku' culture

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Anyone on the lookout for "weird Japan" culture, take note. Tokyo Geek's Guide, by Gianni Simone.144 pages TUTTLE, Nonfiction. Around the world, Japan's otaku (geek) culture continues to grow in popularity, boasting a widening variety of nerdy-yet-hip obsessions, from manga and toys to cosplay. Gianni Simone, the Japan ...