This month’s issue of Kyoto Visitor’s Guide features an interview with me about my ebook, Deep Kyoto: Walks.
…there is something very special about this city, a certain sense of peace and of promise in the air. It really is a pleasure to go for a walk here, for there is so much to see and discover! Not just the famous sites like the great view from the platform of Kiyomizu Temple, or the Zen rock garden of Ryoan-ji, but all those little out-ofthe-way places down the side-streets. Kyoto is packed with craft shops and cafes, galleries and gardens, bakeries, bars and tiny road-side shrines… And you are never far from nature either. The city is encircled on three sides by mountains, which provide wonderful hiking trails, or you can take a gentler stroll along one of the tree-lined rivers and canals that bring cool air deep into the center of the city. Going for a walk here really is a joy.
You can read the full interview online here: http://www.kyotoguide.com/ver2/thismonth/walking201407.html
And order Deep Kyoto: Walks here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KFM2J0C
Deep Kyoto: Walks appeared in the Japan Times at the weekend!
Pat McCoy wrote,
“Deep Kyoto Walks” edited by Michael Lambe and Ted Taylor is the perfect guide for anyone who wants to get off Kyoto’s beaten tourist track. With personalized views of what to see and do in Kyoto — by people who have lived there for extended periods of time — it essentially offers a curated guide to one of the most fascinating cities in the world. Essays by a host of Kyoto residents (16 authors in all, including renowned travel writer Pico Iyer), cover various fields such as poetry, pottery, butoh dance, tea ceremony, art, travel writing and food writing…
To read the rest of Pat’s review click here: The Japan Times.
To learn more about the book and read extracts click here: About the Book
To read more reviews click here: Reviews
To order the book click here: Deep Kyoto: Walks
On Wednesday, I took my own advice and went for a stroll along the Kamo River from Gojo Bridge to Demachiyanagi and back again. The heavy scent of jasmine, a lovely fresh breeze, the lush spring green and the sound of running water all combined to put me in a very mellow mood indeed. Here are some pictures I took with my i-phone along the way.
So, I am now officially an editor, and an author too for that matter, as I wrote about 10,000 words in this one. Right up there with Pico Iyer. Yes, Pico Iyer. What do you mean you don’t know who he is? He’s one of the world’s most acclaimed travel writers and essayists! Quite a nice chap as well actually… But I digress. My very first book is up on Amazon. Note my use of the word first. There will be more. Here it is! Please buy it! Review it! Tell your friends!
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Deep Kyoto: Walks
Publisher: Deep Kyoto; 1st edition (May 18, 2014)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Price: $7.99 (811 yen or £4.89)
Editors: Michael Lambe & Ted Taylor
Authors: Jennifer Louise Teeter, Bridget Scott, Miki Matsumoto, Robert Yellin, Pico Iyer, Chris Rowthorn, John Dougill, John Ashburne, Stephen Henry Gill, Sanborn Brown, Joel Stewart, Izumi Texidor-Hirai, Perrin Lindelauf and Judith Clancy.
16 photographic illustrations
A specially commissioned woodblock print by Richard Steiner
12 detailed maps
Links to all locations on Google Maps
Cover Art by internationally acclaimed artist Sarah Brayer
She seems amused
raising her long sleeves
to suppress her mirth
as he turns to her
a fierce aspect
Why is she laughing?
Is it these clothes
bedraggling their limbs?
have they been poised
there that his hair
should grow so long?
for his green sceptre’s
in the swirling seas below
And there on a rock
a pied wag-tail
with a song.
cherry petals fall
even on Teramachi
carried by the storm
(Teramachi, Kyoto; April 2013)
all the temple bells
in this museum photo…
melted down for bombs
(written at Kyoto’s Peace Museum; June, 2013)
in the rain soaked wood
a green branch agitated -
crow snatching cherries
(June 2013, at Heian High School)
Swift though I sprinted
past that shock of red maple,
Tonight along black branches
skips my rapt soul’s silhouette
(by the Kamo river, November 2012)
the ancient pond
a frog sits in -
[Saturday June 1st, 2013]
jasmine star the hedgerows…
and I jog through
their heavy scent
A human being is a part of the whole, called by us “Universe”, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.
Albert Einstein writing to Norman Salit on 4th March 1950
…all night he dreamed of his own house and wandered in his sleep into all his different rooms looking for something that he could not find nor remember what it looked like.
-J.R.R. Tolkien “The Hobbit”
My mother having sold the old family home in November, and relocated to Solihull, our annual family gathering was at my sister’s house this Christmas.
How lovely it was to see my family again, after another year apart.
Nice too, to stuff my face on my sister’s fine cooking.
Some more family photos…