Akira Kurosawa *III 23 1910 — The Life You Give

Kurosawa Akira, born March 23, 1910, in Tokyo, Japan, was the first Japanese film director to win international acclaim, with such films as Rashomon (1950), Ikiru (1952), Seven Samurai (1954), Throne of Blood (1957), Kagemusha (1980), and Ran (1985). Kurosawa’s father, who had once been an army officer, was a teacher who contributed to the… Continue reading Akira Kurosawa *III 23 1910 — The Life You Give

The Live You Give: Yukio Mishima *1925

Mishima Yukio, born Hiraoka Kimitake, January 14 1925 in Tokyo, Japan, was a prolific writer who is regarded by many critics as the most important Japanese novelist of the 20th century.Mishima was the son of a high civil servant and attended the aristocratic Peers School in Tokyo. During World War II, having failed to qualify… Continue reading The Live You Give: Yukio Mishima *1925

Celebration Day — twenty-five

Crying is truthUnexplainable TrueJust entered a room where Japanese are speakingSomething draws me to all things JapanFor yearsI listen — tones, laughs, an energy I do not understand—- listeningJust being there touched meCultures are a wonder, even before being understoodAttentive understandingor attentive without understandingA wonderBeing is trueAttentive being If you ask where tears come fromand… Continue reading Celebration Day — twenty-five

Celebration Day — fourteen / Yukio Mishima

In 1925, on this day, January 14, the novelist Yukio Mishima was born as Kimitake Hiroaka, in Nagazumi-cho 2-chome, Yotsuya-ku, Tokyo City, Tokyo Prefecture, Empire of Japan In 1982, a Cutty Sark ad with a portrait of Philip Glass caught my eye. In his hand he held a bunch of music notes, and in the… Continue reading Celebration Day — fourteen / Yukio Mishima

Cha An Teahouse — Japan in New York City

Today I walked to one of the most wonderful cities in the world. After taking the #6 train to 'Little Tokyo', I walked east out of the Astor Place station, up to 9th Street, and within minutes found myself in front of Cha An. This teahouse is in an area where Japanese restaurants, shops, tea… Continue reading Cha An Teahouse — Japan in New York City