Kyoto Journal, a non-profit quarterly established in 1987, reaches far beyond Japan's ancient capital to be your gateway to understanding and appreciating the lifestyles, cultures and societies of Asia.
Our 92nd issue is out now! SPECIAL SECTION: DEVOTION
KJ92 was inspired by the symbols and practices of devotion that are so ubiquitous in our own city. But devotion, wherever practiced, in whatever tradition, transcends the self, and is a commitment to something less momentary, more closely aligned with the eternal...
When KJ looks for insights concerning Asian cultures, we try to be specific. Rather than presenting generalizations on “the Japanese,” for example, we try to present individuals who express fresh ideas in their own words. Thus, interviews have always been an absolutely essential element of KJ’s “perspectives from Asia.” In addition, we have published numerous profiles of interesting people, both well- and lesser-known, from contemporary life, and history.
Connections with spiritual values are an everyday part of existence in Kyoto. Aspects of Shinto, Buddhism, and especially Zen are so strongly manifested in our surroundings that they blend into our approach to KJ, whether by intention or simply subconsciously. Looking beyond Kyoto, we see awareness of spirit as a key element in most Asian societies.
KJ92 was inspired by the symbols and practices of devotion that are so ubiquitous in our own city. But devotion, wherever practiced, in whatever tradition, transcends the self, and is a commitment to something less momentary, more closely aligned with the eternal…
cover: mandala by minako hiromi; typography by hirisha mehta right image: from the series "devotion" by christopher roche
INSIDE THE ISSUE
moments of devotion in the ancient capital
Photographer Patrick Hochner captures the most climactic and poignant moments of Kyoto's festivals, in turn demonstrating how these spiritual events still play a very central role in the daily lives of citizens, hundreds of years since their inception.
pictured: hitaki-sai festival at fushimi inari shrine, kyoto
During her weeks spent on Tokyo hospital bed with a devastating bout of endocarditis, Tibetan-American writer Ann Tashi Slater experiences Bardo: the liminal state of being as described in the Tibetan Book of the Dead.
pictured: BELIEF, a 2018 installation by tomas svab