Kyoto Interviews

Despite its many World Heritage attractions, Kyoto is much more than a historical site preserving ancient traditions. KJ has produced two unique publications presenting the illimitable human dimensions of Kyoto: Kyoto Speaks (KJ 15) and Kyoto Lives (KJ 71). Both are special issues packed with interviews that reveal the depth and breadth of the Kyoto community. We continue to add illuminating interviews and profiles featuring local people.

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Kyoto Interviews

On July 25, 2011 By

Kyoto Interviews

Despite its many World Heritage attractions, Kyoto is much more than a historical site preserving ancient traditions. KJ has produced two unique publications presenting the illimitable human dimensions of Kyoto: Kyoto Speaks (KJ 15) and Kyoto Lives (KJ 71). Both are special issues packed with interviews that reveal the depth and breadth of […]

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Fukushima-Roshi: Be a Fool!

On November 16, 2011 By

PROFILE, ZEN
BY PICO IYER

“…understanding Zen through the intellect is a mistake. That is why in the first three years of my own training, Shibayama-roshi kept on telling me for a whole year, “Be an idiot! Be a fool!”

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Shakuhachi Master

On November 1, 2011 By

BY RON ANDREWS

As with other arts, shakuhachi’s “traditional” characteristics are constantly evolving. Hesitating to call himself traditional, sensei’s eyes light up when discussing how the music is changing.

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Shinto Scholar

On October 13, 2011 By

INTERVIEW BY CHRISTAL WHELAN

“In Japan, divinities might be of mountain, sea, or river. People find divinities in nature. This religious faith still exists…”

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Mantra from Ajari-san

On October 6, 2011 By

SAINT
INTERVIEW BY SHERRY NAKANISHI

Ajari — “Great Teacher” — is a title conferred on monks…who have completed the great sennichi kaihõgyo training… This meditative practice involves walking a total of over 38,000 kilometers in 1,000 days, within a seven-year period.

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Live Graffiti Kyoto

On October 2, 2011 By

ART
Interview by Hamano Yuria, Takebayashi Rie, and Shibayama Yuki

Goda Yosuke’s sprawling magic-marker drawings look like a collision between a manga on acid and one of the humongous dragons that stare down from the ceilings of Kyoto’s Zen temples.

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Hosomi Museum

On September 28, 2011 By

INTERVIEW BY ERIC LUONG

Hosomi Yoshiyuki is the founding director of the Hosomi Museum… The museum houses a 1,000 piece art collection representing all major periods of Japanese art from the Jomon to Meiji, featuring 30 Important Art Properties…

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Kokoro Research Center

On September 25, 2011 By

INTERVIEW BY JOHN EINARSEN

Can the planet-wide problems be attributed to a decline in spirit? Inamori Kazuo, founder of Kyocera and the Kyoto Prize, believes that the revitalization of our kokoro, human spirit/mind, is critical to creative engagement with the problems we now face.

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Gion Geisha

On September 15, 2011 By

INTERVIEW BY IAN PERLMAN

Yoshida Teruko is a former geiko (often called geisha outside of Kyoto). She is the proprietor of a bar in the Gion district whose clientele includes corporate leaders from Kyoto, Tokyo and other countries.

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The Glass Room

On September 3, 2011 By

INTERVIEW BY JOHN EINARSEN

One enormous bowl, by contemporary American glass artist Dalie Chihuly, glows from a showcase beneath a transparent floor of glass. Frothy green tea is served to visitors in 19th century glass bowls from Italy. The keeper of the glass room is the shrine’s former head priest, 76 year-old Torii Hiroyoshi.

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