ECHOES: Writers in Kyoto Anthology 2017
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This anthology collects writings by established and new writers associated with Kyoto. The contents range widely from fiction to non-fiction: an extract from a novel, a short story, and a fantasy; articles on child-rearing, ceramics, the tokonoma, and the spirit of rocks; contemporary free verse, poetry with a Taoist flavor, and new translations of Basho. Also included are three winning entries from the Writers in Kyoto Competition, and two longer pieces about that giant of Japanology, Lafcadio Hearn, who continues to cast a shadow more than a hundred years after his death. Rounding out the anthology is an essay by Alex Kerr, leading commentator on present-day Japan, together with photographs by award-winning designer, John Einarsen.
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Dec 20, 2017Anyone visiting Japan for the first time should read this anthology. I have only recently become interested in all things Japanese, so what a pleasure to find an anthology of prose and verse that covers so many topics, ancient and modern. I think it was reading Lafcadio Hearn that opened my eyes to a completely different Japan to the one we were brought up on, many based on tales of the Burma Railway. Our schoolboy picture of Japanese society and customs could not be more wrong. Please read Karen Lee Tawarayama piece On Childraising in Japan. I think you will find it astonishing and moving. Then there is John Dougill’s Hearn, myself and Japan and Joseph Cronin’s Lafcadio Hearn and Basil Chamberlain which will introduce you to the great man himself and inspire you to read more about life as a scholar in nineteenth-century Japan. There is much more to come: the poetry ancient and modern, short stories and stuff on gardens, flowers, tea, saké, and ceramics. There is not space to... More > do justice to each author individually, but do read onto the end, not to miss out on Amy Chavez’s Return to Goat Island. It is mysterious, profound, funny and brilliantly written. In fact, that would apply to most of this anthology in varying degrees.< Less
Dec 12, 2017CONTENTS About Writers in Kyoto Preface (Alex Kerr) Three Poems (A.J. Dickinson) On Childraising in Japan: Expanding into Interdependence (Karen Lee Tawarayama) Dateline: Kyoto – Western Journalism from Japan’s Ancient Capital (Eric Johnston) Poem: At Koryu-ji (Ken Rodgers) Lafcadio Hearn and Basil Hall Chamberlain (Joseph Cronin) Hearn, Myself and Japan (John Dougill) Haiku Cycle (Mayumi Kawaharada) Three Old Men of Kyoto (Alex Kerr) Sprawling City, Sacred Mountain (David Joiner) Writers in Kyoto Competition: 2017 Winners 1) The Joys of Silence and Bewilderment (Jane Kramer) 2) Palm of the Hand Story (Mark Cody) 3) Yamaguchi-san (Florentyna Leow) Basho’s Appreciation for Women: 15 Poems of Female Experience (Jeff Robbins) Tokonoma Lessons (Paul Carty) Pride of Place – Saké Vessels (Robert Yellin) Equivocal Ceramics (Allen S. Weiss) Chieko’s Story: First Love at Daimonji (Isil Bayraktar) Under the Light (Edward J. Taylor) Six Poems (Mark Richardson) Return to Goat Island (Amy... More > Chavez)< Less
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- Writers in Kyoto (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- Writers in Kyoto
- December 6, 2017
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.54 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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