Peripatetic

An e-book featuring 18 extremely varied walks in or around Japan’s ancient capital Kyoto has just been launched on Amazon. It is edited by Michael Lambe and Ted Taylor, both of whom contributed sparkling haiku to Hailstone’s most recent anthology, Meltdown.  Although haiku do not feature especially strongly, the two contributions by John Dougill (‘Kamogawa Musing’) and Stephen Henry Gill (‘Blue Sky’) – both haiku poets – inevitably include haibun, haiku, haiqua, waka, etc. Richard Steiner – another Hailstone contributor – supplied a colour illustration of the Daimonji bonfires. The cover picture is by Sarah Brayer.

The idea of the book was to have its contributors stroll through a neighbourhood they knew well, showing readers/visitors something of the multi-layered fascination of living in Kyoto, but to do it in a personal, even offbeat way. One piece in fact describes a protest march; at least two others are hikes. Not all are foreign residents, but the majority are. The book is in English and contains helpful photos and maps. It’s not all about temples and gardens, though: chained dogs, homeless people and convenience stores are also introduced! Michael explains in his Foreword, “Walking will expand your limited ideas of self to embrace your local community. Walking will help you to slow down and enjoy this moment now, wherever you happen to be”.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KFM2J0C/

It costs just $7.97 to download. Snap it up now and enjoy reading it on your Kindle/i-Phone/desk-top or whatever! Take the book with you one day and try out one of the suggested walks for yourself. Has it changed at all? How far will you get, I wonder, before you diverge into your very own ‘Kyoto Walk’?

Two of the haiku you will find therein (the ‘high’ and the ‘low’ of it):

…….. Ascending, soaring
…….. Beyond the blue horizon
…….. The lone hawk.
…….……..…………... (John Dougill)

….…….……..……...…. Emerald river –
..…….……..……...…… By a toe-sized tadpole
….…….……..……...…. Bathing my aching feet.
…….…….……..……...………………………... (Tito)

2 Responses to “Peripatetic”

  1. If anyone knows how to reduce the size of the book cover in this posting, please tell me. It came, in all its enormity, with the embedded link at Amazon!

  2. try right clicking on the image. should give you the option of ‘save as’ or copy image. then you should be able to add it to your wordpress media library.

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