Creative Kyoto

For more than a thousand years, Japan’s imperial capital Heian-kyo (also known as Miyako) was the arbiter of Japanese culture, an aesthetic matrix stimulating the evolution and flowering of the finest and subtlest arts. Now known as Kyoto, this city is revered for its “Living National Treasure” artisans with lineages of up to 15 or more generations of mastery, and equally noted for ongoing excellence and innovation in contemporary arts.
 

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Real Kyoto covers the arts scene in Kyoto and Kansai with information on current events and criticism.
 

 
 

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Creative Kyoto

On November 14, 2011 By

Creative Kyoto

For more than a thousand years, Japan’s imperial capital Heian-kyo (also known as Miyako) was the arbiter of Japanese culture, an aesthetic matrix stimulating the evolution and flowering of the finest and subtlest arts. Now known as Kyoto, this city is revered for its “Living National Treasure” artisans with lineages of up to […]

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Live Graffiti Kyoto

On October 2, 2011 By

ART
Interview by Hamano Yuria, Takebayashi Rie, and Shibayama Yuki

Goda Yosuke’s sprawling magic-marker drawings look like a collision between a manga on acid and one of the humongous dragons that stare down from the ceilings of Kyoto’s Zen temples.

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Kyoto’s Photo Family

On September 26, 2011 By

PHOTOGRAPHY
INTERVIEW BY JOHN EINARSEN

With some 140 published books over four decades, Mizuno Katsuhiko has been influential in defining Kyoto’s natural beauty and stimulating Kyoto people’s pride in their city. As a child, Mizuno’s daughter Kayu accompanied him on many of his photo outings…

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Kamishibai Master

On September 25, 2011 By

STORYTELLING
INTERVIEW BY KUBO YOSUKE

Kamishibai, literally ‘paper drama,’ is a unique form of storytelling in Japan, usually performed outdoors as children’s entertainment, in which storytellers use sets of colorful picture-boards…

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DANCE
INTERVIEW BY JONAH SALZ

“My memorial concert for Kawai features a recording of a live collaboration between Tendai sect Buddhist shomyo chant and Gregorian chant at a church in Prague — they seem perfectly natural together!”

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Nishijin Harmonies

On July 8, 2011 By

TEXTILES
REBECCA OTAWA TALKS TO MIRKA ROZMUS

I’ve always been intrigued by mastery on every level — mastery of one’s skills to use as a focus to purify oneself and to live well, to live happily, and to feel that one is living in a congruent and meaningful form.

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ART
BY BRIAN WILLIAMS

A World Heritage site, Kiyomizu is the most visited destination in Japan… It was at this matchless and uniquely sited treasure that, on May 14th, 2011, I was given the literally unprecedented privilege of exhibiting my art — debuting my new genre of painting which I call “parabolic painting,” to a one-evening-only gathering of well over two thousand people…

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