Category Archives: Culture

Etheric body: Fashion and the image of God

A revolution was spreading across Europe during the 16th century. In what would become known as the Protestant Reformation the rebels were not just acting against the power of the…

The Black Belt Way of Life

Richard Andrew King is the founder of the Karate Institute of America and the author of more than ten books, including The Black Belt Book of Life: Secrets of a…

Mishima: the aesthetics of action

It has been more than four decades since Yukio Mishima — Japanese playwright, modern samurai, nationalist, bodybuilder, and all round enigma — sent a shock wave through Japan by committing…

T’ai Chi: New World Consciousness

Bill Douglas is the author of Complete Idiot’s Guide to T’ai Chi and QiGong and the founder of World T’ai Chi Day. We talked to him about mind-body arts, and…

Olympic Zen: the athletic body in 2012

They were first held in around 700 BC, in honor of the Greek god Zeus. Women and non-Greeks were banned. But, today, the Olympics is a global event, pitting the…

Militant feminine: vanguards of style

In 2012 Moschino launched its collection of military chic womenswear in Milan. In mostly black and white with touches of “girly pink,” the brand’s final statement on war seemed to…

Cheekbones: A brief history

Until about a century ago women, depicted in painting and other visual media, had cheeks, but, you’ll  notice, not cheek bones. There’s rouge and skin, but the cheekbones aren’t a…

Organic futurism: aesthetics and technique out of nature

It was a couple of decades ago when I first came across the work of Koji Tatsuno. The work of Tatsuno, a relatively unknown and self-taught Japanese fashion designer, was…