Writers In Kyoto

English-language authors in Japan’s old imperial capital

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Competition runner-up 2017

The deadline for this year’s WiK Short Shorts Competition will be on March 1, and just a reminder that this year we are offering a top prize of ¥30,000 plus several other smaller prizes. The top three winners will be included in the next Writers in Kyoto Anthology, and details about how to purchase a …Read More

‘Common Sense’ by Hearn

‘Common Sense’ By Lafcadio Hearn (a short story set in Kyoto and contained in Kotto, 1902) by Andrew Sokulski Zozaya (WiK intern) Kyoto is a city with abundant temples and rich in Buddhist history, so it is not surprising that a tale about a priest would be set there. ‘Common Sense’ by Lafcadio Hearn is …Read More

Persimmon (Book review)

Persimmon Book review by Andrew Sokulski Zozaya (WiK intern) [Persimmon is a publication by the Hailstone Haiku Circle based in Kansai. The group was formed in 2000 and its webpage Icebox can be viewed here.] Persimmon emits an aura of originality.  A particularly pleasing passage, for example, is a poetic sequence about Carmina Burana, the descriptive cantata. …Read More

The Ladies’ Temple in Saga (Robbins)

The Ladies’ Temple in Saga By Jeff Robbins (Thanks to Sydney Solis for providing feedback on this.) In October, just before I left my home in Fukuoka to go to Kyoto, I discovered a Basho renku about the Nonomiya Shrine in Saga, west of Kyoto, and made time in my schedule to explore the verse …Read More

Notes from Himeji (Rowe)

Our man in Himeji, WiK member Simon Rowe, reports on one of those startling phenomena in Japan – the constantly growing townscape. (For a previous Hyogo vignette, see here.) Notes from Himeji: A Fistful of Rice Crackers   A lot can change in the space of a few weeks. One day you live in a …Read More

Revolutionary Road (Edward J Taylor)

1. Not far from the American Embassy in Havana, mere steps from the body of water that proves narrower than ideology, stands a monument to the USS Maine, which exploded under mysterious circumstances in the city harbor over 100 years ago.  Upon the monument an American eagle once perched, until on a January day in …Read More

3rd WiK Competition (March 1 2018)

Writers in Kyoto present the Third Annual Kyoto Writing Competition Theme: Kyoto (English language only) Deadline: March 1st, 2018 (midnight JST) Genre: Short Shorts (unpublished material only) Word Limit: 300 words (to fit on a single page) Form: Short poems, character studies, essays, travel tips, whimsy, haiku sequence, haibun, wordplays, dialogue, experiemental verse, etc. In …Read More

Teddy and Daruma (Weiss)

“Teddy and Daruma” by Allen S. Weiss Like the shaman from his cave, Teddy (yes, Teddy, my teddy bear!) finally emerged, resurrected after a hibernation of forty years, with what particular wisdom I cannot say. I have no idea if Teddy is an adept of Zen, but I am sure that the roly-poly Daruma who …Read More

Interview with Yoppy (Tawarayama)

Karen Lee Tawaryama has been interviewing Kyoto people on her blog, Kyoto Faces. In her latest piece she writes of the non-verbal long-running performance called GEAR, which in 2015 was voted on TripAdvisor one of the city’s best attractions!  In the interview below, she questions Yoppy, one of the dance performers about the show and …Read More

Hearn on Higashi Honganji

In Chapter 6 of Kokoro (1896), Lafcadio Hearn writes of some of Kyoto’s sights, an unusual topic for a man who normally looked to folklore and tradition for insight into the culture of his adopted land.  However, his belief that religion reveals the heart of the people comes across in the final part of the …Read More

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