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For over a thousand years, as the imperial capital, Kyoto was the arbiter of Japanese culture and its finest arts. Today, it is still revered for both traditional and contemporary excellence. KJ has a deep interest in the place of the arts, and literature, in present-day society, all across Asia and beyond.

Contact: submissions@kyotojournal.org

 

 

Culture

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Culture

For over a thousand years, as the imperial capital, Kyoto was the arbiter of Japanese culture and its finest arts. Today, it is still revered for both traditional and contemporary excellence. KJ has a deep interest in the place of the arts, and literature, in present-day society, all across Asia and beyond.

Contact: submissions@kyotojournal.org

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Kyotographie’s theme for this year’s festival is “Love,” a sentiment that is seemingly-universal yet highly-fraught in ways that vary widely from culture to culture. The festival’s organizers do not try to reconcile the differences but rather lay out the debate in spatial and visual terms.

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Formative Memory: The Thirteenth-century Mongolian Invasions and their Impact on Japan

SIMON DUNCAN
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The grandson of the Japanese commander, a boy of 12 or 13, fired the arrow signalling the commencement of hostilities. The invaders reportedly laughed […]

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A Miksang Contemplative Photography Workshop will be held for the first time in Asia from May 4th-15th, 2016 in Kyoto. Find out more here….

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AMIKO MATSUO

The Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale in the mountainous Niigata region of Japan has become a model, yet an underappreciated one, for expansive social art practices.

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Manshin is a title of respect identifying a mudang, a female Korean shaman. For centuries manshin had been openly persecuted, their practices disrupted and shrines destroyed, their artistry desecrated to entertainment. The prevailing religious and social order forced the practice of shamanism “underground”. That one of Korea’s most acclaimed artists became a mudang has had impact in Korea as well as globally.

BY Lauren W. Deutsch, Contributing Editor

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BY Lauren W. Deutsch,
Kim Keumhwa, Korea’s renowned charismatic naramansin, “national” shaman, is already awake…preparing to greet the spirits lodged in her small sindang (spirits’ shrine room) next to her bedroom.

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BY ROBERT YELLIN

Taking ceramic art into sculptural-pictorial realms, Kaneko Jun is an artist who straddles cultures and in a sense transforms them with his borderless art.

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“The sense of liberation among participants is almost palpable, there are no expectations, no ‘shoulds,’ no senses of inferiority, the baseline for everyone is the same.”

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Poetry and Prose, Mirrors and Distance

 
 
Poems of a Penisist by Mutsuo Takahashi. Translated by Hiroaki Sato.
Twelve Views from the Distance by Mutsuo Takahashi. Translated by Jeffrey Angles.

REVIEW BY GREGORY DUNNE
 
 
he University of Minnesota […]

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