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 90th issue is out now! We celebrate those roads that, since prehistory, have carried not only travelers and trade, but also the seeds of new cultural flowerings. Passing through both time and terrain, roads lead to that ongoing reinvention, the future—and back into the past.
We travel the *Tokaido highway* with renowned woodblock print artist Hiroshige in a retelling of a historical shogunate mission in 1832, and the *Yamanobe-no-michi* in Nara, known as Japan’s very first road;
Gaze upon the* primordial sea-roads* along the Tohoku coastline, traversed by the ancient Shinto gods, and cycle through the idyllic countryside of *Iwate Prefecture*, one of several new gourmet tours showcasing the best of Japan’s Tohoku region affected by the triple disaster of 2011;
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.
A noise . . . something was making a noise. . . . Concentrating all the strength she could muster in her semiconscious state on that thought, Hiroko began to awaken with difficulty from the depths of a deep, dark sleep.
Most people in Japan can reach back to their school days to unhesitatingly recite the famous opening lines of the thousand-year-old classic known in English as The Pillow Book. The sounds roll off the tongue like poetry…