Articles

Here are some of my writings on a variety of topics. If you quote these articles please indicate the source. 

  • Wakanomiya and its companion short story, The Serpents Dance, narrate two views of one of Japan’ grandest festivals, the On Matsuri of Kasuga Shrine. One viewpoint is that of the deity; the other is that of a young many who dances for the deity.
  • Watazumi Dô is a story of my encounter with the legendary shakuhachi player and Zen priest, Watazumi Rôshi.
  • The Death of Donald is my tribute to the late Donald Richie, pioneer critic of Japanese film, writer and keen observer of both himself and the Japanese society. He was also my friend and mentor from 1982 until his death in 2013.
  • Asahi Fallsan essay about the mendicant komusô monks who wandered the Izu Peninsula and the history of their temple, Rôgen-ji.
  • Agenashiku Island a true story of an encounter with a remarkable shaman on an uninhabited Okinawa island.
  • You Have Become Japanese, a mini essay about fitting into the Japanese society (or not).
  • A Musician’s View, some blogging I did immediately following the March 11, 2011 earthquake/tsunami/nuclear power plant disaster.
  • An Exchange for Fire, an essay detailing the tragic disappearance of the poet Craig Arnold, published originally in My Postwar Life (Chicago Quarterly Review Books, 2011).
  • Shômyô Sutra Chanting—The Wisdom of the Voice, a short outline of shômyô (Buddhist sutra chanting) and the concert I produced at the International House of Japan. The IHJ Bulletin, Vl. 31, No. 1, 2011.
  • Folk Songs and Music of the Japanese Archipelago, a description of Japanese folk music and the concert I produced at the International House of Japan. The IHJ Bulletin, Vl. 30, No. 2, 2010.
  • Musical Words—Two American Poets at IHJ. Sam Hamill and Leza Lowitz gave a poetry reading at the I-House for one our our Artists’ Forums. The IHJ Bulletin, Vl. 30, No. 2, 2010. 
  • The Shakuhachi and the World of the Single Tone, a brief description of the shakuhachi and the concert I produced at the International House of Japan. The IHJ Bulletin, Vl. 29, No. 1, 2009.
  • Music to the Ears, a brief introduction to the aural pleasures of Japanese music. JAL inflight magazine, Skyward, January, 2010.
  • Sound Japan: an article, originally appearing in the August, 2000 Japan Foundation Newsletter, outlining the significance of sound as a spiritual and musical phenomena in the Japanese culture.
  • The Last Breath of a Shakuhachi Great: Yamaguchi Goro’s obituary, The Japan Times, Jan. 8th, 1999.
  •  The Sound of Zen: an interview with me in The Nation, Thailand’s leading English language newspaper. (Feb. 8, 1999).