keywords: Japanese Garden

  • INTERNATIONAL

    The wondrous life and death of Japanese cherry blossoms

    • Catherine Marshall
    • 20 April 2017
    4 Comments

    Cherry blossom season in Japan is anticipated all winter long but when it arrives it is nothing more than a tease. It is a kind of new year, a starting over, a washing clean of the slate and beginning afresh. But these blossoms hold in their being the promise of death. 'With cherry blossoms, we start things over,' translates my guide, from a haiku. 'And we find beauty not only in the cherry blossoms but also in how they flutter to the ground.' It's from that fluttering that we derive the most valuable of lessons.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The last year

    • Diane Fahey
    • 19 January 2016
    2 Comments

    They'd stopped by then, your half-filled crosswords with their fey surmises — inspired leaps from the backs of routine clues ... I glimpsed alcoves of dusty treasure: kris — 'Malayan dagger'; obi — 'a Japanese sash'; écus — 'old French coins'. You summoned bird names from the air: rhea, erne; had the secrets of ponds and streams at your fingertips: eft, orfe, elver ... 'open', 'small seeds'; six letters. You would have got that.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Rural prayer

    • Kevin Gillam, Deanne Davies and James Walton
    • 02 July 2013

    There is no balm for the yearning of eucalypts. Candlebarks stretch up this vaulted wanting. Dahlias splash an insane chant over a paddock, a calf nods and backs into a startled wander. One day she might raspily lick the mystery of my supplicant salty palm.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    City rush hour adventures

    • Peter Bakowski
    • 20 November 2012
    3 Comments

    What a gift is hunger. Because of it your ancestors left their caves, explored plains, valleys, rivers, seas. Their adventures became stories, paintings, songs. There's the story of each person, on the trains, trams, street corners. How vulnerable you are, how strong you are.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    You are not alone

    • Shane McCauley
    • 18 October 2011
    2 Comments

    Mist moves here, cloaking statues, mild giants that haunt and wait... the slave breathes towardhis freedom.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    The silent narrative of trees

    • Thor Beowulf
    • 07 December 2009
    5 Comments

    Trees are recognised as powerful cosmological agents in many of the earth's myths, rituals and religious beliefs. A worldwide 'bell ringing for climate justice' on 13 December will signify a vocal, moral and spiritual re-engagement of churches with nature.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Murakami's elegant connection with contemporary culture

    • James Massola
    • 07 August 2006
    4 Comments

    Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman is the 12th book by Haruki Murakami in English translation, and his second collection of short fiction. This collection of short stories spans Murakami’s career, from 1978 when he sold the jazz club he ran with his wife, through to 2005.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Seven days in Kabul

    • Dorothy Horsfield
    • 07 July 2006

    Dorothy Horsfield reports on the rebuilding of Afghanistan.

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  • INFORMATION

    Strange times

    • Michael McKernan, Peter Pierce, Liz Curran, Peter Seidel, Frank Fisher
    • 05 July 2006

    Strange times, Cooling off in Tasmania, Where now for reconciliation?, Tides of history, Being scared of GM

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  • INFORMATION

    Peace drums in Europe

    • Michael McKernan, Frank O’Shea, Mark Deasey, Morag Fraser, John Carmody, Brigid Hains, Pip Robertson
    • 03 July 2006

    Peace drums, Irish visitor, Travellers’ tales, Epiphanies, Deep structure, Counter-terrorism kits, Circling the square

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Book reviews

    • Miriam Bugden, Andrew Hamilton, Chris O’Connor, Tom Rigby
    • 26 June 2006

    Reviews of Western Horizon: Sydney’s heartland and the future of Australian politics; Body and Soul: A Spirituality of Imaginative Creativity; One Fourteenth of an Elephant: A memoir of life and death on the Burma–Thailand Railway; What’s Right? and Giving it Away: In praise of philanthropy.

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  • INFORMATION

    Letters to Eureka Street

    • Nigel Sinnott, Jan Pinder, Cameron  Forbes and Brian McCoy
    • 24 April 2006

    Letters from Nigel Sinnott, Jan Pinder, Cameron  Forbes and Brian McCoy

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