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Shokunin

Enomoto-san: Bamboo Weaver

The Shokunin Project is an ethnography of mastery— a study of the obsession and commitment to excellence it takes to dedicate one’s life to the pursuit of perfection.

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Each Moment, Only Once: The Paintings of Herbert Sax

Practicing brush movement in ink allows me, even nowadays, to re-connect in meditative gestures to the unknown stream of life in my being, and gradually over the last fifteen years, I have also expanded this ability to paint intuitively in colour – and this process is still ongoing.

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Mark Edward-Harris: The Way of the Japanese Bath

Mark Edward Harris onsen Japanese bath Kyoto Journal photography

“My first Japanese hot spring experience in Beppu, a town often shrouded in water vapor on the southern island of Kyushu, converted me into a furo-holic (bath-aholic) in the early 1990s. Two decades later, I still find the magical waters an endless source of both visual and visceral pleasure.”

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The Art of Neuroscience: Greg Dunn

Synaptogenesis Neuropore

While completing his doctorate in neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania, Greg Dunn was elated to realize that he could fuse his passion for neuroscience and Asian art together…

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Shokunin by Michael Magers

It’s been said that in Japan objects are born not made. In a society that increasingly values speed over quality, handcrafted goods retain a heartbeat lacking in the mass-produced world. The master craftsmen (and a few women) who commit their lives to honing perfection to its sharpest edge are known as shokunin.

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

KJ 92: Devotion