Renewal

Renewal is a window on how traditional cultures are being embraced and revitalized by new generations, both from within their original context — sometimes by succeeding generations — and also by devotees from different backgrounds and even other countries. Often this may lead to a contemporary remix, and new contexts. Despite the constant fear of old crafts and cultural legacies being lost, it's deeply encouraging to see evidence of rebirth and ongoing reinterpretation.  

The Machiya Machizukuri Fund

 
 

Renewal

On November 14, 2012 By

Renewal Renewal is a window on how traditional cultures are being embraced and revitalized by new generations, both from within their original context — sometimes by succeeding generations — and also by devotees from different backgrounds and even other countries. Often this may lead to a contemporary remix, and new contexts. Despite the constant fear […]

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Off the Wall

On March 18, 2015 By

“Usually my pieces grow from a bird or an idea, sometimes an endangered species that has some story around it, like fragmentation of habitat….”

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The Magic Mirror Maker

On February 4, 2014 By

When light is directed onto the face of sacred magic mirror, or makkyo, and reflected to a flat surface, an image magically appears. Kyoto Journal sits down with the man rumored to be the last remaining makkyo maker in the world — Yamamoto Akihisa.

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BY AIMEE LEE

For months, I was at a loss about how to weave so tightly. Then, one day he pressed my thumb down with such force, I felt like a door had smashed it. Only then did I grasp his secret…

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Nagane Aki: Keeper of Tradition
Interview by Akazawa Atsushi, Kawabe Yuka and Jacoba Akazawa
A slim lady wearing oak-coloured clothes draws a tiny bamboo instrument to her mouth, holding it with one hand and gently vibrating it with the other. Haunting sounds fill the air like spirits drawn by the wind. Then, out of a sudden silence, the story begins.

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BY MOLLY HARBARGER

The Khmer Rouge willfully tried to strip the nation of its rich culture and heritage. The casualty Japanese expat Morimoto Kikuo is trying his hardest to save is Cambodia’s traditional art of silk weaving and dyeing…

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Nishio Haruo: Thatcher

On October 3, 2011 By

BUILDING ARTS
BY MARTIN PIDDINGTON

North of Kyoto city lie the satellite communities that make up the country town or cho known as Miyama — famed for its thatched houses, and home to thatcher Nishio Haruo…

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Kimono Aloha Fashion

On October 3, 2011 By

FASHION
INTERVIEW BY JENNY HALL

Facing the kimono industry’s rapid decline, Kameda Kazuaki, president of the Kameda Tomisen factory and fashion store Pagong, searched for an alternative way to use and market beautiful silk kimono fabrics

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Kamishibai Master

On September 25, 2011 By

STORYTELLING
INTERVIEW BY KUBO YOSUKE

Kamishibai, literally ‘paper drama,’ is a unique form of storytelling in Japan, usually performed outdoors as children’s entertainment, in which storytellers use sets of colorful picture-boards…

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Behind the Brocade Curtain

On June 24, 2011 By

FESTIVAL
BY CATHERINE PAWASARAT

One day I literally stumbled upon the festival’s gigantic floats, some as high as downtown buildings, and marveled at their exquisite adornments of exotic textiles and carvings. I didn’t know what I was looking at, but it blew my mind.

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