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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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Of All the Wild Sakura: The Journals of Gary Snyder

December 9, 2011

My first stay in Japan was from May of ’56 to August ’57. I left to get a change of air, to reflect on my Zen practice, and to earn some dollars.

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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’s Forgotten Era

October 15, 2011

A century ago Kyoto was “The city that does everything first.” Today it is “the ancient capital” and “the city of temples and shrines.” Kyoto’s development of leading-edge technology however, continues today…

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A Festival of Ages

October 15, 2011

Imagine Kyoto in the year 1868… To symbolise the new dawn it had been decided the emperor should move his capital to Tokyo. When the day of his departure came, thousands of citizens lined the streets, many distraught and in tears.

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Seeing the Forest and the Trees

October 13, 2011

“In Japan, divinities might be of mountain, sea, or river. People find divinities in nature. This religious faith still exists…”

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Mediating between Nature and Imagination: Sudo Hisao

October 7, 2011

Sudo Hisao’s latest sculpture, not yet dry, stands in his ceramic studio: a giant acorn, bursting with life, erotic tip pointing upwards…

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Gion Geisha: Interview with Yoshida Teruko

September 15, 2011

Yoshida Teruko is a former geiko (often called geisha outside of Kyoto). She is the proprietor of a bar in the Gion district whose clientele includes corporate leaders from Kyoto, Tokyo and other countries.

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Furuhashi Teiji and Dumb Type

August 15, 2011

“It’s more difficult to do creative theater in Tokyo. There is less pressure in Kyoto so we can be more free, more adventurous. Kyoto people are more open to something experimental…”

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