Kyoto Journal Issue 93

Original price was: ¥2,180.Current price is: ¥1,230.


It sustains us. It inspires us. It enslaves us…KJ delves into the vibrant culinary cultures of Asia, all the while discovering what food really means to us.



Beyond the cutting board
KJ’s John Ashburne and Susan Pavloska sits down with some of Japan’s veteran and Michelin-starred chefs, Narisawa Yoshihiro and Murata Yoshihiro among them, to discuss, among other things, their sense of responsibility towards the future of gastronomy and the natural world.

Tsukiji: Memories of a market
Singaporean photographer Joel Fong on Tokyo’s iconic fish market and fraught relocation to Toyosu.

Family Stories
A Chinese family makes jiaozi in their cramped Tokyo apartment to celebrate the New Year. After school, a young girl slurps her North Korean grandmother’s miyeokguk soup in a California retirement home: Writers share the ways food connects them with their heritage and the people they love.

Food from beyond the Bridge of Dreams
Anthropologist Kaori O’Connor delves into kaiseki cuisine’s premodern roots to explain why it is much more than simply beautifully-presented morsels.

An Edible Alphabet
Twenty-six letters, twenty-six writers and about that many photographers and artists: presenting a compendium of food for your delectation.

Bringing the taste of Zen to Berlin
KJ’s director talks to Bernd Schellhorn on transplanting shojin ryori (Buddhist vegetarian cuisine) to Germany and how he applies his early training as an artisan.


Claire Liu discovers the otherworldly creations of an annual competition for kyogashi sweet design;

Siddharth Dasgupta encounters the proprietress of an Isfahan café who sings her recipes;

Robert Van Koesveld retells his experience photographing the toiling breadmakers of Leh;

Translated into English for the first time by Yukiko Naito: a chapter from Minakami Tsutomu’s Days of Eating Earth;

“Epicurean poetry” by Hayan Charara, Margaret Chula, Aaron Hames and Chitra Divakaruni;

Satish Kumar on the fascinating principles surrounding food in Jainism;

KJ’s Rambler-at-Large Robert Brady shares some (very) simple vegetarian recipes;

and more.


Cover: Hinomaru Bento. Thanks to Felicity Greenland for lending us her bento box and Hiroko Kawano for her hand-pickled ume.

128pp; Printed in Kyoto, Japan by SunM Color

With thanks to Watabe Architects, Higashiyama Gen restaurant, White Pine Press, Tuttle PublishingPink Lady Food Photography Competition and Alishan Organics who sponsored our launch party.

Minechika Endo photographed the cover.


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