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Poetry. Art. This book of haiku and photographs was conceived as a gift for poet Edith Shiffert on entering her ninety-first year. Shiffert has lived in Kyoto, Japan since 1963. She is the author of twelve collections of poetry, and has co-translated several volumes of Japanese poetry. Photographer John Einarsen, whose black-and-white images of Kyoto appear here paired with Shiffert's haiku, is the founding editor of Kyoto Journal. He writes in the preface: "Edith's writings, which contain Buddhist and Taoist sensibilities, yet remain totally individualistic, have taught me over the years to see Kyoto, nature, and existence from a new and profound perspective...I suspect that her poems and my photographs were essentially approached in a similar way: mostly by walking, with little or no purpose in mind, and simply recording impressions just as they were encountered."
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John Einarsen: John Einarsen is originally from Colorado. He fell in love with Kyoto on his first trip here and settled down here in the early 1980s. He is the author of Zen and Kyoto and the founder editor of Kyoto Journal which he began with other poets and writers in 1986.
Marc P Keane: Marc P. Keane is the author of Japanese Garden Design and
The Sakuteiki, and The Art of Setting Stones.
Diane Durston: Diane Durston is the author of Old Kyoto and Seven Paths to the Heart of the City, The Living Traditons of Old Kyoto, and Wabi Sabi: The Art of Everyday Life.
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