Kyoto Journal Issue KJ93

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INSIGHTS FROM ASIA

Kyoto Journal is an award-winning
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presenting cultural and historical insights from
all of Asia since 1987.

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Isse Ogata Japanese comedian

Everyman with a Thousand Faces

Isse Ogata is a renaissance man in the stratified world of Japanese arts. On stage, his breadth and depth are unparalleled and his artistry shows the marks of genius: original, immediately recognizable, and impossible to imitate.

Jottings Lu Xun

Unstinting Courage

In his views Lu Xun showed himself to be an unstinting supporter of modernity, a fearless enemy of atavism, and a savage critic of his country’s culture.

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid cover book review

Separately Ever After

Throughout the novel, the writer introduces us to people from all corners of the world, who have walked through similar magical doors that lead them to other parts of the world. Although some of these people are peripheral to the plot, they throw light on the phenomenon of migration, helping us see how migration changes countries, cities, towns, neighbourhoods and people.

how to become japanese north american cover image

How to become Japanese: A Guide for North Americans

A tremendous amount of the stress of acculturation for North Americans in Japan arises from the interpersonal tension between their self-assertive and individualized selves and the self-effacing and collectively-minded Japanese.

Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage by Kat Davis

Journeys of Reverence: A daughter and mother’s decades on the Shikoku henro pilgrimage

In 1995, inspired by Oliver Statler’s Japanese Pilgrimage, we first set out on the 88 temples pilgrimage around the island of Shikoku, known as the Shikoku Henro, stretching over a distance of 1200 km.

john nathan translator soseki

Last Light

In the late afternoon, while magic-hour light poured through the bay window opposite his desk, I watched the greatest translator of Japanese literature at work translating its most important modern novel, heretofore undiscovered by readers of English…

persimmons

Persimmons

Split: a star-like reflection.
Flesh like the fire-belly of a newt,
only since coming each autumn
have I taken to swallow firm
fresh mouthfuls,
the jam-insides
of others sun-dried.

tomorrowland

Tomorrowland

I have suffered all my life from what one might call nostalgia for the future. In 2011, two years before my first cancer diagnosis, my husband and I spent the summer in Japan. I thought that if the future were to be found anywhere, it would be there, in bubble-fueled, Midas-fingered Tokyo…

Kyoto Experiment sign

KYOTO EXPERIMENT: In Conversation with Yusuke Hashimoto

“Before, the younger artists based here in the Kansai region who wanted to grow internationally had to always to go Tokyo in the beginning to be acquainted with the right critics or journalists living there who could help launch their careers. But I wanted to create an international platform so that these artists could easily make the connections here”

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KJ 92: Devotion