Letter From The Editor
Welcome to the third issue of White Enso.
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White Enso readers live around the world and celebrate a variety of holidays in December. But no matter where we are or our culture, we celebrate the New Year—even those who celebrate later in the year— to reflect on all that happened in the ending year and all that we hope will happen in the coming year.
In that vein, 2021’s three issues of White Enso have been more successful than I ever imagined. It has been an absolute joy to read and view the many works submitted, and even those that I sadly couldn’t use for the journal were interesting, thoughtful, and an inspiration. Thank you for entrusting your work to me, your patience, and your encouragement.
Who knows what 2022 will bring, but right now, you have the winter issue of White Enso. So, in between socializing with family and friends, and traveling to church or shrines, get a glass of wine or cup of tea and relax with the stories, essays and art in this issue.
Tokyo is the site of two contributions: Karolina Isabel Roga illustrates a few fun Christmas activities at the city’s most famous venues, while Tom Griffith offers an interesting view into Gospel singing in the city.
You’ll find a poignant collaboration between author Alice Gordenker, quilter Mutusko Yawatagaki, and poet/photographer Kit Pancoast Nagamura that connects past pilgrimages to Mt. Oyama with modern life. Alec Wilson shares the ups & downs of his life in a year’s worth of haiku, and Robin Smith provides artwork that captures the wind.
The only criteria for White Enso is that submissions be inspired by Japan. What that means is that any genre, any style is possible, and I think this issue really highlights that. There’s a supernatural love story, young adult fantasy, ethereal haibun, and art detailing life inside and outside. I encourage you to explore every page of White Enso, because each contribution is impressive and memorable.
Finally, since so many of us have been unable to travel and we don’t know what 2022 will bring, I selected a travel piece by Suzanne Kamata that is a nostalgic ride because it happened pre-pandemic AND because the old-fashioned train travels through a part of Japan that is almost storybook.
Happy New Year everyone. I hope 2022 brings you joy and plenty of creative energy.
Cover design and photo by Linda Gould
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