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KJ 16
published January 1, 1991
138 pages (bookzine)

Cover Image by John Einarsen

KYOTO SPEAKS: This special issue of Kyoto Journal started out innocently enough. We wanted to record the voices of Kyotoites, the subjective moods and textures of individual lives, as a collage, without any theme or message. We chose people who were something of a cross-section of the city, and matched them with interviewers who knew them, to obtain conversations that were comfortable and unreserved. The bad news sank in later, when the interviews came in. We had convened a wake. Whether they are talking about art, business, street life, politics or food, the majority of the fifty-odd speakers are in mourning for the Kyoto they knew five, twenty or fifty years ago, alarmed at the triumph of alienation and dehumanization.

The trampling of the past by modern life is not news. Nor is it unique to this place. But we can’t help feeling something categorical, something qualitative and final in the collective perceptions of these Kyotoites. It is poignant because they know, and the many visitors know, that Kyoto really has been someplace special for a very long time. What is most disappointing is the paucity of hope and vision for a future that might include a local identity.

What is it that is dying here? As in so many threatened cultures around the world, it is a particular sensibility to nature, beauty and humanity, a particular language of manners and forms. It is a particular dimension that could, and should, help to offset the flatness of a world that may soon be exhausted by science and consumption.

Contents:

SHIN’EI KATSUMI (greengrocer) – James Heaton

ENDO SUMIKO (theatre promoter) – Jonah Salz

NISHIKAWA ATSUKO(talent) – Ian Perlman

OTIS CARY (professor) – John Hart Benson

MATSUDA KATSUHIKO (metallurgist)– John Einarsen

ONO NOBUYUKI (human rights) – W. David Kubiak

NONAKA AKIRA (craftsmanship) – W. David Kubiak

SEN SUMIKO (the way of food) – Joseph Justice

OKUBO MASAYOSHI (pop musician)– – Ian Perlman

SANO TOEMON (gardener) – Ian Perlman

KISHIMOTO TETSU, NISHIDA SHIN & YUGE GONPACHI (three gentlemen) – Ian Perlman

THE YOKOIs(bathhouse) – Daniel Kane

WATANABE TOYOKAZU(architect) – Ian Perlman

EBE YOICHIRO (herbalist) – Rebecca Gowen

YAMADA YOSHIO & HAYAO (potters) – Steve Tomaszewski

ARAI MANTA (bartender) – John Einarsen

ROGER PULVERS (writer) – Ian Perlman

IMASATO TADAYUKI (acupuncturist) – Toyoshima Mizuho

MATSUMOTO HAJIME (noodles) – Aoki Tomoko, trans. James Heaton

YAMASHITA KEIKO (teacher) – Kathy Arlyn Sokol & Stephen Suloway

SHIGEYAMA SENNOJO (actor) – Jonah Salz

SEISEN (odyssey) – Patricia Masters

HISAUCHI MICHIYO (pervert) – Shimizu Toshifumi, trans. Stephen Suloway

FUKUMOCHI TORU (bird lover) – Venetia Stanley-Smith & Stephen Suloway

SOGYU & YAMASHITA NOBUKO (the sixties) – Ian Perlman & Ken Rodgers

ANONYMOUS (civil servant) – Pamela Becker

NAKANISHI TOYOKO (feminist) – Rebecca Jennison

IDA SHOICHI (artist)– Rhony Alhalel

KOMORI TAKAO (festival musician) – John Einarsen

YAMAGUCHI ITARO (Nishijin) – W. David Kubiak

ITO SAKAE (housewife) – Chris Summerville & Mine Jun

KATSURA KAN (buto) – Dan Furst

AILEEN SMITH (activist) – Brian Covert

HASE TOSHIO (environment) – Ken Rodgers

KOMORI FUMIO (painter) – John Einarsen

GEORGE HLAWATSCH (historian) – Paul D. Scott

TAKEDA YOSHIFUMI (free spirit) – James Heaton

DANBAYASHI MIKIHIRO (innkeeper) – Ian Perlman

FURUHASHI TEIJI (Dumb Type) – Bridget Cooper

NADAMOTO MASAHISA (burakumin) – Matsuya Toshihiro

SANNOMIYA SHOJI (drinker) – Jonah Salz

YUMI LEE (alien) – Linda Crawford

TAKANORI HIDEKI (chef) – Richard Opheim

OGAWA KIYOMI (individual) – Cora Guss

KOTANI RYUICHI (mountaineer)– Ian Perlman

MORITA YASUTAKA (washi) – Ian Perlman

TORII HIROYOSHI (the glass room) – John Einarsen

MARIA (librarian) – John Einarsen

YOSHIDA TERUKO (Gion) – Ian Perlman

OTANI NARISHIGE (inheritor) – Venetia Stanley-Smith & Stephen Suloway

NAKAMURA YOSHIAKI (master carpenter) – Soren Matz

MIYAGI SABURO (bicycle man) – Toyoshima Mizuho

KATAGIRI YUZURU (poet)– Fil Lewitt

WANG YAXIN & NAN JIAN-MING (foreign students) – Ken Rodgers & Egashira Yuri

MR.S (yakuza) – Lisa Louis

SAITO JIRO (street vendor) – Dick Butterworth

DAVID KIDD (connoisseur) – Joseph Houseal

FUJIMA KANSOME (dancer) – Joseph Houseal & Heidi Durning

IN MEMORIAM – KJ Editors

REALITY, DREAM AND FICTION: Japan, 1945-1990 – Mita Munesuke

 

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