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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Shakuhachi and Zenga

On August 13, 2011 By

ART, MUSIC
BY PRESTON HOUSER

The player of the Japanese bamboo flute seeks to display his spirit through musicianship—even if only in a single note, a single exhalation…

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Butoh Dancer

On August 13, 2011 By

PERFORMANCE
INTERVIEW BY IAN PERLMAN

At 36, Kyoto-born butoh dancer and choreographer Katsura Kan has survived as an independent dancer, working outside the established butoh companies…

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LITERATURE
BY DAVID GREER

A thousand years ago a lady-in-waiting in the imperial court at Heian Kyo (modern-day Kyoto) dipped her brush into the well of her inkstone and watched the bristles swell with ink. She lowered the brush onto the paper spread in front of her and moved her hand rapidly…

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The Mystery of Mastery

On July 27, 2011 By

BY DUSTIN W. LEAVITT
 
It is not a coincidence that disciples of Zen who have achieved an intuition that is spiritual and transcendental and yet strikes decisively at the very heart of the physical world, are referred to as Masters…

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Digital Bezeklik

On June 25, 2011 By

ART
BY LEANNE OGASAWARA (SILK ROADS)

The Ryukoku Museum, featuring the completed digital reconstruction of the Bezeklik Cave, was opened in April of this year….

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MA: Place, Space, Void

On May 16, 2011 By

ART, ARCHITECTURE
BY GUNTER NITSCHKE

Place is the product of lived space and lived time, a reflection of our states of mind and heart…

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The True Japanese Art Form

On April 21, 2011 By

TV
BY SEI KEIKO

Certainly in terms of television commercials, the importance placed upon CM — “Commercial Messages,” as we Japanese call them — Japan is without parallel on the face of the earth.

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Musings on Miyazaki

On April 19, 2011 By

FILM
BY DR. DAVID A. ROSS

The Internet Movie Database’s user rankings – which are the closest thing we have to a court of world opinion – place six Miyazaki films among the top twenty animated films of all time…

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Watch the White of the Sky

On April 17, 2011 By

FILM
BY PIA LAMERIN

“I told him, go, look at the temples, the old houses around Kyoto. Go at different times of the day, different seasons…Look at the gardens, the old walls. Do you know how many different kinds of walls there are in this town?

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