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Still Life and Other Stories

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By Junzo  Shono

Translated by Wayne P. Lammers

BERKELEY: STONE BRIDGE PRESS, 1992

264 PAGES

In 1996, the Smithsonian exhibited a selection of landscape kimonos by Ichiku Kubota. While contemplating the thirty or so kimonos depicting a seaside mountainscape through the four seasons, I realized the layers upon layers embedded in the work. The realization came gradually, after nearly two hours of standing at a distance, turning very slowly to see the panorama, then finally “seeing,” not with eyes but in a kind of Zen perspective. The realization is not sudden, but stunning, emotional, and evocative.

WORKS CITED

Diop, Biago. “The Wages of Good,” translated from the French by Robert Baldick, in James E. Miller, Jr., Robert O’Neal, and Helen M. McDonnell, eds., Black African Voices. Glenview, Illinois: Scott, Foresman and Company, 1970.

Engel, Peter. Origami from Angelfish to Zen. New York: Dover Publications, 1989.

Rumi. “The Soul of Goodness in Things Evil,” translated from the Arabic by Reynold A. Nicholson, in James E. Miller, Jr., Robert O’Neal, and Helen M. McDonnell, eds., Literature of the Eastern World. Glenview, Illinois: Scott, Foresman and Company, 1970.

Lao, She. “The Last Train,” translated from the Chinese by Yuan Chia-hua and Robert Payne, in Miller, O’Neal, and McDonnell, Literature of the Eastern World, 1970.

Shono, Junzo. Still Life and Other Stories, translated from the Japanese by Wayne P. Lammers. Berkeley: Stone Bridge Press, 1992.

Tagore, Rabindranath. “My Lord the Baby,” translated from the Hindustani by C. F. Andrews, in Miller, O’Neal, and McDonnell, Literature of the Eastern World, 1970.

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