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.
Kyoto Journal marks its thirtieth year with a return to timeless print format. Featured in KJ89 is a collection of insightful articles and essays depicting the present-day, interdependent ecologies of traditional crafts in Japan’s ancient capital. See full contents at the shop button above.
INSIDE THE ISSUE
Living Kagai Culture
"To me a living culture is rooted firmly in a continuing cultural tradition and in a place. Without this deep rootedness, cultural practices may border on nostalgia or at worst a kind of ‘Disneyfication.’ Those who devote years, decades and even generations to the world of maiko and geiko have, of course, made adaptations to Japan’s complex transition from feudal to modern society..." — Robert van Koesveld delves into the role of local communities and businesses in supporting geiko entertainers.
The Spirit of Takumi
"The pride that craftspeople take in their work is reflected in their personal style, spirit and integrity. Some become teachers and leaders, playing a selfless role as vital transmitters of culture to their communities, and represent a very important and seldomacknowledged element of Japanese culture." —Everett Kennedy Brown captures master craftspeople in Japan using the nineteenth century collodion photographic technique.
Sweating for Few Noodles
Balinese rising-star photographer Agung Parameswara visits a remote Javanese village to witness the labour-intensive process of mie lethek noodle-making the traditional way. ...And much more. See the full contents of KJ 89 at the shop button below.
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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