Kyoto Journal Issue KJ94

Inspired by Kyoto

INSIGHTS FROM ASIA

Kyoto Journal is an award-winning
quarterly English magazine founded in Kyoto, Japan,
presenting cultural and historical insights from
all of Asia since 1987.

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Leh Robert van Koesveld

Consequential Legacies

I have come to believe that she is channeling Toscanini with her hands. Equally, I’m firm in the conviction that she is channeling a fabled Persian songstress with her soul.

Matcha Green Tea

Tea and Women’s Empowerment in Modern Japan

“Coffee–table” books about tea tend to offer pristine views of paradise and bowls of world peace. Page after page of steamy shadows and shadowy steam, dewy landscapes fashioned by gods with impeccable taste…Enough!

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Lemon

An impenetrable curse lay heavy on my heart. Call it an uneasiness, call it ill humors—like a hangover after drinking, you drink every day and there comes a time when it all might as well be a hangover. Well, that time had come.

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A Child of All Time: Butoh Dancer Ohno Kazuo at 98

“The physical form I assume now is but the fruit of what I’ve inherited from those who have existed before me. What, you might ask, has become of our ancestors’ ideas and emotions? Where do you suppose our creativity springs from? There’s no way that it springs forth from our finite and limited knowledge of life.”

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Engawa

I slide my feet along the floor, the gray, smooth, one-hundred-and-fifty-year-old floor of plaster of lime and clay and gravel. I think of all of the feet, the generations of feet, that have shuffled across it, lived on it, of the people who’ve sipped tea standing in the same spot.

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Cloudburst by Fujisawa Shuhei

In the daytime, Kakichi worked as a knife sharpener. He made his Edo rounds carrying a box of grindstones and files — the tools of his trade — and he sharpened kitchen knives, sickles, and scissors. Occasionally he was asked to set the teeth of a saw, and he carried the files for that purpose. And when a promising house caught his eye in the course of his rounds, he’d pay that house another visit in the dead of night.

Shinkosai procession, Gion Matsuri, Kyoto

Kyoto’s Festivals: Twelve Months of Everyday Transience

In Kyoto, one grows accustomed to the ongoing round of festivals at Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines—it’s said that you could attend at least one every day here, throughout the year. But the word ‘festival’ doesn’t quite capture the spirit of the majority of these events. With some notably lively exceptions, they are mostly rather formal annual cere­monies and rituals…

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KJ Spring 2019 Reads: Titles from Tuttle

As part of their 70th-year anniversary celebrations, KJ has teamed up with Tuttle Publishing, the Asia specialist, for this four-part series.

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Concretizing the Japanese Dream: Alex Kerr on State-sponsored Vandals, True Romance and Contemporary Genii

“A revolution of a sort must take place but I am not at all sure that will happen in Japan. Part of the problem in Japan is that in some ways it’s very comfortable. Japan needn’t really do anything and could go right on as it is and no one would notice.”

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Vancouverites, put the dates in your diary: The annual Powell Street Festival this year is on the weekend August 3rd and 4th, 11:30am – 7:00pm!

The street festival takes place in the historic Japanese Canadian neighbourhood known as Paueru Gai (literally translated as Powell Street area) centred at Alexander Avenue and Jackson Street in Vancouver.

With everything from an Omikoshi procession, ikebana and bonsai demos, sumo wrestling, live music to butoh performance and taiko drumming, there's something for everybody, including the kiddies! Food vendors will be offering yummy Japanese favourites like yakisoba, takoyaki, sushi, matcha ice cream, ramen and Japanese style hot dogs. There are even some vegan options this year too!

For the full schedule and access information, head to the link below.
Right photo: Lucas Lau

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Rokujizo, Sunday July 21st 2019
Every ten minutes, with every east-bound train, another contingent of Kyoto Animation Co. fans descends the stairs at Rokujizo-Keihan Station.

Before you go, be sure to check out our latest issue:

KJ 93: Food