Kyoto Journal Digital Issue 80


Peace Mask Project
Hope for the East Asian Peace Process
Interview with Stomu Yamash’ta
Masaya Kushino: shoe designer


Culturally, the nations of East Asia are more or less extended family, but their relationships have long been fraught with political rivalries, territorial disputes and high-octane conflagrations fueled by short-sighted nationalism—among neighbors who should by now have simply learned to get along, for the common good.

In KJ 80 we observe today’s fractious East Asian neighborhood from the point of view of cultural commonalities, especially among younger people with a healthily borderless world vision. In particular, we celebrate efforts to create what might be called “Mindspace”—deliberate creation of shared physical and mental space for meeting, exchanging ideas, re-examining attitudes and beliefs.

We look at young communities in Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan and Thailand, the Kyoto-based Peace Mask Project, a Japanese art museum dedicated to young artists whose lives were cut short by World War II, a college dream group based on a deeper interpretation of education, an international volunteer-based post-disaster project in the Philippines, and even the shared emotive space of enka fandom. Interviews include a photographer juxtaposing Korea’s past and present, internationally-minded typographers, and a world-famous former musical prodigy on music as transformative harmonization with the cosmos. And, as always, much more…

A magazine, too, is mindspace.
—Ken Rodgers


The Man Who Looked for War – As told by David Greer
The Song of Loneliness – Kaneko Mitsuharu
Hope for the East Asian Peace Process -Jonathan Augustine
Pop, Politics & Modern Asia – Jonathan DeHart
A Shared Path – Egami Kenichiro
Mood Kayo Music – Hoei Meiling

Peace Mask Project – An Interview with Kya Kim

Walking on Sound – Kathy Arlyn Sokol interviews musician Stomu Yamash’ta
Stepping into Metamorphosis – Lisa Allen interviews shoe artist Masaya Kushino

Poetry by Carolyn Locke, Purvi Shah, Bern Mulvey

In Translation:
A Vernal Planet – Kazuko Shiraishi

Design Across Borders – Marlies Peeters
Connecting Past & Present: Japanese Art in New York – Robert J. Fouser

Reflections on Truc Bach – Dawn Starin
“This Picture Where?”- Sachie Banks
“It’s Magic” – William R. Stimson

The Bantug Windship – Jon Craig
Farmer/Ethnologist Yoshida Saburo – Donald C. Wood

Sight – J.Y.L. Koh

Tribute to Shokei Harada

Light and Dark and Light – Robert Brady


Cover Design by Eldwen Laurenzi
Published July 25, 2014; 220 pp