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Jul 21, 2020

I met someone new the other day, but our meeting was instantly interrupted at that awkward moment when, in normal times, hands would have been extended, accepted and shaken, and the meeting would have been formalized. But these days, shaking hands has a whole different feel. I’ve done it, after a quick calculation, and before […]

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Jul 7, 2020

As any visitor to Kyoto will soon notice, geisha are not just historical figures. With some luck, a visitor wandering in the city’s ancient Gion neighborhood may well catch a glimpse of one of these exotic, mysterious women as she moves quickly through the area’s narrow streets, on her way to work. But who are the geisha? What do they do? And in the 21st century, what is their role in society?

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May 5, 2020

Ki is possibly the most powerful, useful and even quintessentially Japanese word in the Japanese language. Familiar to everyone from fans of modern manga to practitioners of ancient Aikido, alone or in combination with other syllables, ki can mean many things.

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Apr 28, 2020

My forthcoming book on Japanese art, history, culture and food, Japan from Anime to Zen, will be published by Stone Bridge Press in January 2021. Every Tuesday in 2020 I will post a teaser from the book, to entice you to preorder a copy on Amazon! This would make me very happy. In case you’re […]

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Apr 21, 2020

I’ve announced the preorders of my  book, Japan from Anime to Zen: Quick Takes on Culture, Art, History, Food…and more, which will be published on January 19, 2021, by Stone Bridge Press. Starting today, and every Tuesday, I will be posting a taste of the book, and some insight into this amazing country.  As the […]

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Aug 26, 2016

Japan offers more extraordinary food experiences than nearly any other country in the world. Even if you want French crepes, or Italian osso bucco, or delicious Sichuan – even just a great cheeseburger and milk shake – the Japanese can cook it, and cook it well.

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Thank you for checking out my blog - it’s just the tip of the iceberg.  I am working on projects regarding music history, Japanese culture and my songwriting.

- A week-by-week music history website, music1967.com
- An upcoming book on Japanese culture, Japan from Anime to Zen
- A YouTube channel, featuring random songs and thoughts for the pandemic
- Original music on Spotify, with links to Patreon and Amazon 

David Watts Barton

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