Kyoto Journal 82

Published May 1st, 2015 | 168 pages  

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Black Kites by Melinda Heal, katazome artist

Black Kites by Melinda Heal, katazome artist

Feminist pioneer Shidzue Kato

Feminist pioneer Shidzue Kato

Art and Satoyama

Art and Satoyama

Poetry: Remembering Viet Nam

Poetry:
Remembering Viet Nam

Encounter in Shikoku

Encounter in Shikoku

Painting from the Museum of Forbidden Art

Painting from the Museum of Forbidden Art

Gassho with frame by Balinese carver Yasu Suzuka

Gassho with frame by Balinese carver
Yasu Suzuka

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Ashoka’s Edicts: Messages for All Time Feminist Pioneer Kato Shidzue Contemporary Katazome Dyeing Artists Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale & Satoyama Taoist Photo-Artist Yasu Suzuka Poetry: Remembering Viet Nam The Museum of Forbidden Art

 
 

KJ 82 is our first interactive issue and our first to be available on Newsstand, as of May. Among its wide-ranging content, some interesting and unexpected counterpoints appeared:

  • Two dedicated art curators... One, Igor Savitsky, making superhuman efforts to save over 40,000 historic Russian avant-garde artworks, in Uzbekistan; the other, Fram Kitagawa, bringing together contemporary artists and their works for a forward-looking Triennale in Niigata’s depopulated back country. • Two accounts of ancient messages in stones... The 3rd century BCE rock edicts of King Ashoka the Great, still proclaiming essential Buddhist ethics (in an almost lost language) across India; and the marine fossils embedded in Mt. Kurama, Kyoto, speaking of tropical seas of some 250 million years back in time. • Two distinctive Kyoto photographers... The meditative Taoist photo-artist Yasu Suzuka, divines right time, right place for his shots by using the I Ching, while the serendipitous street photographer Kai Fusayoshi reflects on the loss of Kyoto’s 1970’s counterculture hub, Honyarado. • Two contemporary textile artists... Mika Toba, a dyer using the traditional katazome technique in a major project to revitalize Kyoto’s oldest Zen temple, Keninji, and her student, Melinda Heal, whose works reveal the spectacular nature of endangered Australian bird species. • And two wars, named for the unfortunate countries that have suffered them: Viet Nam, and Iraq... A convocation of writers, mostly poets, including U.S. veterans, document aspects of the disastrous Viet Nam war, and former U.S. Marine Ross Caputi gives a first-hand briefing on the more recent history of Fallujah, in Iraq. Other stories take us into the Japanese countryside: In Translation features Mogami Ippei’s story of an aspiring young jazz trumpeter in a depopulated Japanese village, “rendered anew” by Avery Fischer Udagawa. ​I​n Encounters Ginevra House finds a temporary home in Shikoku’s lost valley of Iya, and in Fiction, Mark Crimmins takes us to Shikoku’s Awa-Odori. And there’s more: Patrick Parr’s profile of revered pioneer Japanese feminist Kato Shizue; Rachel Cockett’s introduction to a Kyoto gamedev meetup; Stephen Shucart’s visit to Afghanistan’s remote leaning Minaret of Jam; and Robert Brady’s ramble on the art of Japan’s “baser angels.” Plus reviews. All this, wrapped in a superb cover image of Kyoto’s Kamogawa, by Mark Thomas.

CONTENTS:

KYOTO NOTEBOOK Kyoto's Coral Reef Mutsunori Yamamoto Loss of Kyoto’s Counter-culture HUB Kai Fusayoshi Gamedev Meetup supports Kyoto’s newest artform Rachel Cockett FEATURES Ashoka’s Edicts: Messages for All Time Ken Rodgers The Museum of Forbidden Art Sophie Ibbotson and Max Lovell-Hoare Kato Shidzue: Her Life and Her Legacy Patrick Parr CONVERSATION Receiving the Tao: Photo-artist Yasu suzuka John Einarsen NATURE ECHIGO-TSUMARI & THE FUTURE OF SATOYAMA Brad Monsma ONLINE: THE OPTIMISTIC VISION OF KITAGAWA FRAM & THE ECHIGO-TSUMARI ART TRIENNALE Amiko Matsuo RENEWAL RENEWING THE ZEN SPIRIT A contemporary katazome artist refreshes Kyoto’s oldest Zen Buddhist temple Sarah Brook OFF THE WALL: YUZEN + KATAZOME DYEING TAKE FLIGHT Lisa Y. Allen interviews Melinda Heal ENCOUNTERS Chikamichi (Shortcut) Ginevra House The Minaret of Jam Stephen Shucart HEARTWORK Japan, the U.S. & ISIS Jennifer Teeter interviews Ross Caputi INTRANSLATION SWING Mogami Ippei POETRY Still Unforgotten, Still Unresolved Remembering Viet Nam (Teresa Mei Chuc reads her poems online) FICTION AWA ODORI Mark Crimmins RAMBLE THE BASER ANGELS Robert Brady REVIEWS