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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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Big Fish Eat Little Fish

After World War II, philosopher and critic Tsurumi Shunshuke started the highly-respected magazine Shiso no Kagaku (Science of Thought), serving for half a century as its editor and publisher. From the 1950s to the 1970s, he was an outspoken anti-war activist…

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Korean Protest Culture

In Korea, the traditional protest repertoire of marches, sit-ins, stones and Molotov cocktails is evolving; some of the new techniques remain confrontational, even violent. Others rely on technology, subtlety, inner strength and community…

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On Chairs

A time-darkened chair of oak, it stood among other chairs of other kinds, empty of all but time and craft, in a warehouse for antiques; a sign said the chair had been made in England a couple of hundred years ago.

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On Contentment

Nothing like gazing upon your own well-stacked cord of firewood turning golden in the evening sun to get you feeling contented…

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An Interview with Yiyun Li

“My characters are always very stubborn.  One thing all my characters want is connection with the world.  With other people.  But that connection, often times, is either disrupted or not provided or somehow messed up by the world…”

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Dogs Barking at the Full Moon

Comrade John is a mild-mannered person. I didn’t feel threatened or scared at all. In fact, I welcomed this encounter. It had been over a decade since I last spoke to them…

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The Barber

My goatee and shaved head perplex many Vietnamese because in their country beards are for venerable old men like Uncle Ho and bald heads for monks, and I am neither.

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The Path to Honen-in

For a man who wears so many caps, the shaven-headed priest exudes a genial calm. He talks openly and from the heart; here is none of the closed manner for which Kyoto is famous.

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Beingness Seeking To Be

The Kalachakra Empowerment Ritual was over…with between 100,000 to 150,000 people exiting the Kalachakra at once, and with trains in all directions sold out through the end of the month, here was my liberation from suffering.

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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