Kyoto Journal Issue 91



KJ91 looks at what it means to live “sustainably” and the efforts of those who, drawing on lessons of the past, seek to forge a brighter future—in the realm of education, through to architecture, food, wildlife conservation and tourism.

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Thomas Daniell speaks to superstar architect Kengo Kuma, who seeks to design buildings that incorporate the “endless flows within which living beings exist”;

Jeff Irish and “Lost Japan” author Alex Kerr both elucidate the disturbing prospects of depopulation in rural Japan—and what measures may help alleviate it;

Ananya Mayukha speaks to Naoko Nakasonethe founder of a Kyoto-based vegan restaurant who seeks to revive the millet-based diet that Okinawans once considered “spirit food,” and Chuck Kayser tells Anna Malpas the story of how he realized Midori Farm in neighbouring Shiga;

Kya Kim looks at how one remarkable school in Bali is pioneering a curriculum centered around sustainability;

Magda Rittenhouse visits Hiroshi Sugimoto’s primordial Enoura Observatory;

Kaz Egashira presents insights into a centuries-old agricultural system in remote Tokushima Prefecture;

Susan Leibik takes us on a magical journey through the Himalayas in search of the elusive, divine snow leopard;

Winifred Bird investigates the Toyouke-no-mori collective in Nara, a spearheaded by artist Oda Mayumi;

And Wada Takao starts the “tiny house” movement in a small Yamanashi town.



Leath Tonino finds refuge amongst ancient Chinese landscape scrolls during a bitter San Franciscan winter;

Leanne Ogasawara talks to artist and long-time Kyoto resident, Daniel Kelly,

Paul Polydorou tells the story of Verrier Elwin, who championed the cultural sophistication of tribes in early 20th century India;

The poetry of Tao Yuanming and Su Dongpo, Emperor Meiji and Genzo Sarashina in translation;

We remember Kikuo Morimoto, who rebuilt war-torn Cambodia’s unparalleled heritage of silk weaving, in an interview with Holly Thompson;

Florentyna Leow shares her favorite quirky doorways in Kyoto;

Plus a selection of short fiction, and reviews of the latest Asia-related books, including our picks from Tuttle.



Cover by Macoto Murayama


Printed on Vent Nouveau fine art paper by SunM Color, Kyoto


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