Episode #1005

High Finance & Old Japan

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Friday, January 30, 2009

Studio 360 Episode 1005, High Finance & Old Japan Aokigahara is the name of the forest at the foot of Mount Fuji. It’s been mythologized in Japanese literature as a sacred place for people to end their lives – close to 100 suicides occur every year. (Pejk Malinovski)

Hedge fund poetry and the secrets of old Japan. Find out how a job in the complicated world of high finance inspired the poet Katy Lederer. Despite 20 years of living in Japan, writer Pico Iyer embraces his outsider status there. The ancient Japanese tea ceremony finds a place in the modern world. And hear the haunting story behind a Japanese forest that attracts those seeking to end their lives.

When Money is the Muse

As a starving writer, Katy Lederer had credit card debt and couldn't hold on to her apartment. So she took a job at a hedge fund, but she kept writing poetry on the side, often about money and our complicated lust for it. Now a full-time poet, her ...

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Pico Iyer: Outside Man

Travel writer Pico Iyer has lived in Japan for 20 years. And while he knows the locals still see him as an outsider, he told Kurt that this status helps him pay attention to his surroundings. Iyer says Japan is like a "2000-year-old person wearing a micro-skirt, with ...

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No Time for Tea

The tea ceremony is a 400-year-old ritual for making and presenting green tea. But in Japan's fast-paced techno-centric society - one increasingly fueled by coffee - we wondered how the tea ceremony can survive. Studio 360’s Jenny Lawton talked with tea masters, old and young, to find ...

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Suicide Forest

Aokigahara is the name of the forest at the foot of Mount Fuji. It’s been mythologized in Japanese literature as a sacred place for people to end their lives – and every year close to a hundred suicides are committed there. Studio 360’s Pejk Malinovski went to ...

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