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Kyoto Journal Issue KJ96

INSIGHTS FROM ASIA

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

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Stone Wall

The Japanese countryside is full of stone walls. They are not freestanding grey lines used for dividing property but rather buttresses that hold back the mountains and shape them into something that can be lived on and farmed.

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When the Envoys Returned

After thirty years of cresting mountain-high surges, the envoys brought back eagle-wood, ambergris, and an essence distilled from rose petals.

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Somushi: The Story of Kyoto’s First Korean Teahouse

“I wanted to create a space where people could have their senses stimulated by using natural material all around. At the start, I purposely didn’t put up signs for the restrooms, nor did we have a menu. I wanted people to use their instincts and figure stuff out — to think before immediately asking for what they wanted.”

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Making a Life—Not Merely a Living

“I think all mature people know they have to live with some level of contradiction, especially in our current society. The question is: how do you use your own creativity and resourcefulness to provide for your needs without relying entirely on the cash economy?”

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Kazuki Takizawa’s Color From Green

While KJ is not primarily a literary publication, poetry has always been a vital component in our content mix. This poem by Elena Karina Byrne, along with others by Jane Hirshfield, Arkaye Kierulf, Tamara Nicholl-Smith and (in translation) Shinkichi Takahashi, is featured in KJ 95 (Wellbeing).

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Dream Landscapes in 3D: An excerpt from Another Kyoto by Alex Kerr

Another Kyoto is a “spoken” book which resulted from conversations between Alex and Kathy Arlyn Sokol as they explored temples and gardens over the years.

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“We all have a brush”

“In Aikidō, the other guy may be big and strong, and you may be thrown down. But you have a chance to throw down the opponent, too. We had the nuclear arms race, that was probably the worst scenario of global collective suicide that we had faced as humanity, and we reversed it.”

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Capturing Wellbeing: Behind the Scenes of the KJ95 Cover Shoot

Sisters Reylia and Johnna Slaby, interviewed for KJ95: Wellbeing, were tasked with creating a stunning cover in a collaborative work of photography and painting.

Photo by Naoyuki Ogino

For the love of neko

The Neko Project is a book that pays homage to Japan’s unyielding love of cats through its thoughtful and expansive photography. It is the result of an open call to their network of Japanese photographers on the theme of cats and features all the projects that were submitted, alongside historical anecdotes and insightful commentary in both French and English.

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KJ is delighted to be partnering with the Kyoto realtor Hachise, a specialist in machiya traditional houses, for four consecutive issues.
In this first instalment, we take a look inside one of their beautifully renovated KyoTreat vacation homes and talk to Executive Director Nishimura Naoki about why these houses have so much appeal and his own hopes for the future of Kyoto’s traditional townscape.

A typical scene inside an old machiya prior to renovation

Kyoto Journal is delighted to announce that we will be holding a special exhibition of work by international artists at The Terminal Kyoto on January 25 - February 18, with details of our talk event to follow.

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

KJ 95: Wellbeing