Kyoto Journal, a non-profit quarterly established in 1987, reaches far beyond Japan's ancient capital to be your gateway to understanding and appreciating the lifestyles, cultures and societies of Asia.
Our 91st issue is out now! SPECIAL SECTION: living sustainability
‘SUSTAINABILITY,’ like many buzzwords, has become devalued through overuse. To ‘sustain’ in essence means to provide sustenance—what our basic life support system, the natural world does… or used to do. We are also sustained by things we can’t necessarily name or accurately describe, all bound together by myriad tangled invisible interconnections of cause and effect. Yet these primeval, still mysterious mechanisms of natural equilibrium are being threatened by imperfect human survival strategies.
When KJ looks for insights concerning Asian cultures, we try to be specific. Rather than presenting generalizations on “the Japanese,” for example, we try to present individuals who express fresh ideas in their own words. Thus, interviews have always been an absolutely essential element of KJ’s “perspectives from Asia.” In addition, we have published numerous profiles of interesting people, both well- and lesser-known, from contemporary life, and history.
Connections with spiritual values are an everyday part of existence in Kyoto. Aspects of Shinto, Buddhism, and especially Zen are so strongly manifested in our surroundings that they blend into our approach to KJ, whether by intention or simply subconsciously. Looking beyond Kyoto, we see awareness of spirit as a key element in most Asian societies.