Kyoto Notebook

While our masthead promises “Perspectives from Asia,” our heart is here in this marvelous city that forms the foundation for KJ’s interconnected vision. What’s going on here in old Kyoto? Perspectives from Kyoto…
 
 

 
The obvious antiquity of elements of Kyoto makes the city something like a time machine. However, that is only part of the attraction. More important, perhaps, is the fact that Kyoto’s antiquity continues to be renewed — through daily raking of the sand at Ryoan-ji, refurbishing of the platform at Kiyomizu-dera, or even the natural renewal of the foliage on Higashiyama — all “living” reminders of Kyoto’s past. Even in the Edo period, people from all over Japan traveled to Kyoto to see the famous sites. Because so little in the basic structure of the city has changed, an Edo period traveler, transported in time to prsent day Kyoto would have little trouble finding his way about the city. The bright lights of pachinko parlors would no doubt be fascinating to such a time traveler. He would probably even find the Kyoto meisho-zue, an eighteenth century guidebook, still useful. How untrue this statement would be applied to Tokyo or Osaka.
—George Hlawatsch, KJ 27
 


15. Create 'kerbside' recycling stations for the separate collection of glass, aluminum, plastics, and paper. Follow through. Implement recycling centers in all wards, modeled on Suita/Senri's successful Kuru Kuru Plaza, which puts citizen recycling activities at the core of operations, including public workshops for crafts and ogatta-gomi & bicycle restoration, a recycling research institute, recycled goods distribution network center, lecture and seminar rooms, a cafe, and even a public multi-purpose hall, and playrooms for children of people participating in Plaza activities...

 

 

The Machiya Machizukuri Fund

promotes machiya preservation

 

HUB Kyoto

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Kyoto Notebook

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Kyoto Notebook

While our masthead promises “Perspectives from Asia,” our heart is here in this marvelous city that forms the foundation for KJ’s interconnected vision. What’s going on here in old Kyoto? Perspectives from Kyoto…
 
 

 
he obvious antiquity of elements of Kyoto makes the city something like a time […]

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The Enlightening of Aikido

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POEM BY GREGORY DUNNE
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INTERVIEW
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BY UMAGAMI KYOHIKO

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Yume no Ukihashi

On April 10, 2012 By

GUNTER NITSCHKE

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Slow Kyoto

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Online Feature by MARC P. KEANE

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Zen & the Art of Rejuvenation

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