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The Garden View

September 3, 2015

“My idea was to create photographs that explore this undefined border between private and public space by photographing the garden from deep inside the temple, balancing the areas of the tatami/ meditation space and the garden space equally in the image.”

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Kyoto Excellence: Kyotographie International Photography Festival, 3rd Edition

April 23, 2015

APRIL 18-MAY10: Fourteen exhibitions on the theme of “TRIBE,” spread across Kyoto in brilliantly-coordinated venues ranging from a sub-temple of the city’s first Zen monastery to traditional inner-city machiya to a temporary Shigeru Ban cardboard-columned pavilion in front of City Hall to “anti-fashionista” Rei Kawakubo’s local Comme Des Garcons concept store.

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Off the Wall: Yuzen and Katazome Dyeing Take Flight

March 18, 2015

“Usually my pieces grow from a bird or an idea, sometimes an endangered species that has some story around it, like fragmentation of habitat….”

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Kaneko Jun: Collaborations with Space

December 20, 2014

Taking ceramic art into sculptural-pictorial realms, Kaneko Jun is an artist who straddles cultures and in a sense transforms them with his borderless art.

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The Nature and Experience of Sumi Arts

December 13, 2014

“The sense of liberation among participants is almost palpable, there are no expectations, no ‘shoulds,’ no senses of inferiority, the baseline for everyone is the same.”

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Nakagawa Shuji: Oke Maker

September 2, 2014

“Grandfather at work was beautiful to watch.” Shuji remembers, “And the products he created were also splendid and of high-quality. The ideal of the Japanese woodcraft artisan is that at the final sweep of the plane, the separate elements become a single object. My grandfather was making oke that way.”

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The Magic Mirror Maker

February 4, 2014

When light is directed onto the face of sacred magic mirror, or makkyo, and reflected to a flat surface, an image magically appears. Kyoto Journal sits down with the man rumored to be the last remaining makkyo maker in the world — Yamamoto Akihisa.

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The Wisdom of Shōjin Cooking

February 2, 2014

Shōjin ryōri is rooted in the concept that the earth and body are inseparable. It is only through attaining a perfect symbiosis with the land that we can truly reap the benefits of the earth.

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Mapping Kyoto: An Affair of the Heart

December 18, 2013

Judith Clancy is the author of three books about Kyoto, Exploring Kyoto, Kyoto Machiya Restaurant Guide and Kyoto City of Zen. She has mapped Kyoto in words and images, enabling countless people, residents and visitors alike, to explore the exceptional cultural, historical, religious and gastronomic heritage of this city.

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Tone Poems: Joel Stewart’s Continuing Artistic Odyssey

December 13, 2013

The sheer variety of images ranges between the hyper-realistic and the abstract: a gleaming white-and-blue ceramic sake ewer that could almost be plucked from the panel, a quiver of glowing vertical lines reminiscent of Star Trek’s transporter in mid-operation.

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Exiled – A Tibetan’s Tale

August 19, 2013

“I was concerned about the many differences between India and China — the ways of thinking, for one — and India was not really up to confronting China. If I stayed in India, maybe I wouldn’t be able to do the kind of things I really wanted to do to help Tibet.” He eventually set his sights on Japan, with its own brand of Buddhism and spirituality, as his next home in exile.

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Photography, Community, Space: Kyotographie’s Lucille Reyboz and Yusuke Nakanishi

March 23, 2013

Our theme will be “Tribe,” but not in an ethnic sense—it’s more in the sense of a community that shares the same sense of values.

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Roger Pulvers

February 25, 2013

When I arrived in Tokyo in 1967 after studying in Poland, I had only $300 left…I came down to Kyoto on the train, rented a little house by Midoro-ga-ike, and started writing short stories….

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An Interview with Arai Manta

February 25, 2013

Born and raised in Tokyo, Arai Manta has spent the last nine years tending bar at Club, a relaxed drinking spot that plays African music, jazz and off-the-wall Japanese pop….

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Listening to Vegetables: The Art of Tanahashi Toshio

January 16, 2013

The pleasure of shojin is to find freedom within limitation of using only vegetables.

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In Praise of Clay: Robert Yellin muses on the ties that bind art, life and environment    

April 21, 2012

Kyoto ceramic connoisseur Robert Yellin muses on the ties that bind art, life and environment

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Zen & the Art of Rejuvenation

February 24, 2012

Taizo-in launched its groundbreaking ‘Fusuma-e Project’ in the spring of 2011. The Zen temple is commissioning a young, unknown Kyoto-based artist to compose large sumi-e ink paintings on 64 new sliding doors, or fusuma…

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Kawamura Junko on Noh

November 26, 2011

“The actor is not moving, but the pose is full of pent-up energy. Think of a spinning top…”

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A Sense of Place: Urban Renewal in Kyoto

November 24, 2011

Of all cities in East Asia, Kyoto has the oldest and probably the strictest official preservation policy…

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Kyoto Rain

November 8, 2011

Kyoto belongs to the rain. Not a place of brilliant sunlight, it is often sadly gray — an older woman who causes one to remark how beautiful she must once have been.

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Kyoto Waters

November 6, 2011

Kyoto exists in layers of wildness and control; something built juxtaposed with something natural: one against the other, layered, intertwined, spiraled infinitely around the plain, a kind of DNA of place.

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KJ 92: Devotion