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. Contact: kyoto@kyotojournal.org  
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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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Washi Emporium

On September 2, 2011 By

FROM KYOTO SPEAKS

Mori Yasutaka was the executive director of Morita Wagami. He has produced several books including an immense Encyclopedia of Hand-made Japanese Paperwhich was presented to the Emperor Showa.

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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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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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Gardener

On August 11, 2011 By

INTERVIEW BY IAN PERLMAN

In the center of Maruyama Park there is a very large cherry tree… It was cultivated by the grandfather of Sano Tōemon, the sixteenth generation of a line of Sagano gardeners.

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The Way of Food

On August 10, 2011 By

JOSEPH JUSTICE INTERVIEWS SEN SUMIKO

Sen Sumiko (1920-2004) was the daughter of Yukosai, the ninth grand master of the Musanokoji branch of the three Sen families descended from Sen Rikyu and the mother of the present, eleventh grand master, Futessai Sōshu.

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The Open Homeless

On July 5, 2011 By

INTERVIEW BY JOHN EINARSEN

Over the past eight years, Ryuta and Chieko Kobayashi have resided in shelters made of cardboard and wood, crafted with their own hands, under the Kojinguchi Bridge on the Kamo River…

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On Genji Monogatari

On April 16, 2011 By

INTERVIEW WITH SETOUCHI JAKUCHO
BY TOYOSHIMA MIZUHO

“I started translating The Tale of Genji after turning seventy, though I had well prepared to start for many years by then…”

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The Path to Honen-in

On April 15, 2011 By

BY JOHN DOUGILL

For a man who wears so many caps, the shaven-headed priest exudes a genial calm. He talks openly and from the heart; here is none of the closed manner for which Kyoto is famous.

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