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

 

 

Culture

On June 15, 2011 By

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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MANGA
BY DAVID GREER

When Nunoe’s uncle told the family he’d found a match for her in a 39 year-old veteran who’d lost his left arm in the war and wrote comic books in Tokyo, Nunoe’s father rubbed his chin and said “make it happen.”

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The Dazzling Night

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BY RACHEL MCALPINE

A Noh Play in English about Katherine Mansfield.

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Japanese Tattoo

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ART
BY DUSTIN W. LEAVITT

I had become entranced with irezumi, more elegantly known as hori-mono, the Japanese tattoo. Yet I had known, from its first vague awakening, that my interest somehow lay deeper than my skin…

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An Aesthetic for Toys

On October 2, 2011 By

ART
REVIEW BY ERIC LUONG

If you visit Japan, you are likely to get the feeling the country is obsessed with characters and toys: children and adults play video games on trains, there seems to be a character mascot for every single product, and a Murakami Takashi toy/sculpture may be exhibiting at the local museum. Toys are everywhere.

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ART
REVIEW BY JOHN EINARSEN

Art Space Tokyo charts the ever-shifting Tokyo art scene via essays and interviews with curators, collectors, artists, journalists, art fair directors, critics and bloggers.

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Going Geisha

On August 21, 2011 By

SOCIETY
BY NOY THRUPKAEW

After returning from Japan, I was surprised to see that the States was in a lather over “geisha chic.” Chopsticks were stuck in heads fair and dark. Fashion magazines urged women to “Geisha-ize”…

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Qi in the Arts of China

On August 20, 2011 By

ART
BY ZHANG YU HUAN AND KEN ROSE

Chinese art emphasizes the expression of motion and strength. This vital dynamism arises from the ancient dialectical unity: substantial and insubstantial; movement and stillness; firmness and softness; gathering and dispersal.

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The Art of Mariko Mori

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ART
BY ROBERT JARRELL

Mariko Mori’s themes are eclectic, embracing the fantasies of post-everything Japan and its extreme experimentation while recontextualizing traditional customs, mannerisms, and trends…

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Furuhashi Teiji and Dumb Type

On August 15, 2011 By

PERFORMANCE
INTERVIEW BY BRIDGET COOPER

“It’s more difficult to do creative theater in Tokyo. There is less pressure in Kyoto so we can be more free, more adventurous. Kyoto people are more open to something experimental…”

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