Kyoto Journal, a non-profit quarterly established in 1987, reaches far beyond Japan's ancient capital to be your gateway to understanding and appreciating the lifestyles, cultures and societies of Asia.
Discover quality writing from Asia in our award-winning magazine. Stimulating interviews and profiles; excerpts of works translated from Asian languages; fiction, poetry and book reviews, as well as a fresh look at the city KJ calls home.
Our space for reporting on exhibitions and happenings in Kyoto and beyond hosted by KJ or KJ friends; notes on some our favorites among the bookstores and venues where KJ is on sale in Japan and overseas; compilations of KJ's top-read articles, and much more.
KJ’s 90th issue celebrates those roads that, since prehistory, have carried not only travelers and trade, but also the seeds of new cultural flowerings. Passing through both time and terrain, roads lead to that ongoing reinvention, the future—and back into the past. Climb aboard; let’s make tracks...
INSIDE THE ISSUE
Victoria Era Dispatches from Meiji Back-Roads
Victorian-era explorer Isabella Bird on her Unbeaten Tracks in Japan, a classic account of travels by rickshaw and pack-horse in 1878. Together with her 18-year-old interpreter, Ito Tsurukichi, she would cover over 1,200 miles up to northernmost Yezo (Hokkaido).
Gourmet Biking in Tohoku
Lianca Van Der Merwe reports back from a new cycling gourmet tour of Tono, in the idyllic countryside of Iwate Prefecture. This is just one excursion as part of a new initiative to showcase the best of Japan’s Tohoku region affected by the triple disaster of 2011 — and it did not disappoint!
Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan from another era as witnessed by photographer Luke Powell, who came across the so-called Asia Highway overland route to India from Turkey in the early 70s. “I saw that I had a narrow window of opportunity between the emergence of 35 mm cameras and slides and a future in which so much ancient culture could be gone.”
Among our regular features: Melinda Heal delves deep into the state of Kyoto’s textile industry with kimono designer Tange Yusuke; Mizuho Toyoshima talks to Udaka Michishige, the only Noh actor known to carve all the masks that he uses in his performances; manga artist Fumio Obata sheds light on his method of reporting on disasters; plus our selection of fiction, poetry and book reviews.
Founded in 1987, Kyoto Journal (KJ) is an award-winning magazine showcasing life, culture and society in Japan and throughout the Asia region from a myriad of perspectives.
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