Kyoto Journal Issue KJ99

travel, revisited


This digital issue of Kyoto Journal looks at the phenomenon of travel, whether as a pursuit of a deeper understanding of the world’s diversity, as a plunge into the unknown, or a deliberate immersion in a known unknown. We also wanted to reconsider how travel is reported or discussed in travelogues or online, and to re-imagine post-COVID travel. Will new technology enabling virtual sightseeing satisfy a new generation of armchair travelers, or will a surge in domestic tourism be matched by a flowering of local cultures celebrating uniqueness in crafts, cuisine, local history and heritage, interpreted by truly local guides?



spiritual tourism

Yahia Lababidi surveys the beauty, meaning, tension, and solace of spiritual landscapes

of mountains, resilience, and cups of tea

Jeff Fuchs commends guides who have helped him more deeply appreciate otherwise inaccessible surroundings


the polka dot pumpkin

Mormei Zanke considers the deeper meaning of this iconic art peice by Yayoi Kusama and its place on Naoshima island

let your waters wash down

Ted Taylor writes about experiencing Fukui’s 1,200-year-old omizu-okuri shugendo festival

Yamabushi fire rites

Before you go, be sure to check out our latest issue:

KJ 98: Ma