Trigger of Light

02023-06-11 | Book, Poetry | 1 comment

In Los Angeles, browsing Chinatown one summer, I discovered — in a dim sandalwood-scented shop full of painted vases and antique scrolls — a book by D. T. Suzuki: Zen and Japanese Culture. It was a substantial hardback, printed on milky paper with a hefty scattering of illustrations: insects on withered leafs, brush-painted tigers, peach blossoms in snow, monkeys peering from bamboo, cloud-hidden huts of meditation masters. In the shop, a few joss sticks burned in a ray of light. A cat napped under a red and gold altar with antique photos over it. Tangerines glowed in their porcelain bowl on a carved mahogany table. The world seemed suddenly very old — and very new. In awe of the book’s content and illustrations, I purchased it (probably the most I’d ever spent on the printed word) and eagerly devoured every page.

Trigger of Light | Kyoto Journal

Article by John Brandi in Kyoto Journal.

Also this:

Among the grasses
an unknown flower
blooming white

—Masaoka Shiki (1869—1902)

1 Comment

  1. Y.

    Really enjoyed this article and the mention of so many favorite poets.


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