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Book Review: “Why the Japanese Are Beautiful” (日本人はなぜ美しいのか) by Kaori Shoji

Still, Masuno's book is hugely inspiring, if only because it makes us realize the seeds of beauty are within. All we have to do is become aware of it, and…

A Benediction For The Bereaved

May the frightened cease to be afraid And those bound be freed. May the powerless find power And may people think of benefiting each other.

Bamiyan, The Destroyed Buddha Images & Meditations on Art

You see, the Japanese are sometimes called the world's great antiquarians. And they can trace their own tradition of Buddhist sculpture back to Bamiyan. So they --like many people-- find…

The Town of Living Buddha Statues (仏像のまち) High School, Buddhist Iconography, Magic &Teen Love

It's the story of Sorato, a high school student who's deceased father was a sculptor of Buddhist images (仏師/busshi)and seems to have passed his unusual talent on to poor Sorato-kun.…