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Mapping Kyoto: An Affair of the Heart
Mapping Kyoto: An Affair of the HeartINTERVIEW BY HANA MURRELL Photography by Paul Crouse Judith Clancy is the author of three books about Kyoto, Exploring Kyoto, Kyoto Machiya Restaurant Guide and Kyoto City of Zen. She has mapped Kyoto in words and images, enabling countless people, residents and visitors alike, to explore the exceptional cultural, historical, religious and gastronomic heritage of this city. Being invited into Judith’s house for our interview felt much like stepping into one of the many pages she has written about Kyoto, pages which reveal the city’s unique, timeless identity. She lives in a beautifully renovated obi weaver’s studio, a project of the heart that was a natural result of her commitment to preserving and promoting machiya, traditional Kyoto townhouses. She has called Kyoto home since 1970, and had many insights into the life and soul of the city to share with us, along with a less well-known love of cats and enthusiasm for collecting art.
BOOKS BY JUDITH CLANCY
There isn’t really anywhere I have yet to explore. I’ve mapped the entire city; these books are my maps.
The iconic identity of Kyoto is in its architecture...they have the legacy to preserve because it wasn’t destroyed during the war, so why destroy it now?