Kyoto Journal Issue 95



From the green spaces of urban Osaka to the sacred ravines of Ubud: this issue delves into the Asian conception of wellbeing from a holistic standpoint. Receive with this issue a complimentary sachet of incense from Shoyeido Kyoto, est 1687.




We are delighted to be able to offer every reader of KJ95 a complimentary sachet of Shoyeido’s divine, hand-blended incense, made exclusively in Kyoto. Use this beautifully-designed sachet as a bookmark, or place inside a greeting card, or drawer.

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Martin McKellar initiates a program for seriously ill patients to design a unique Zen garden raking pattern and witness it come to life from their hospital bed;

After narrowly escaping with her life in the devastating 2015 Nepal earthquake, Sushma Joshi recounts the long process of physical and emotional healing;

The remarkable diaries of Dr. Setoue Kenjiro, AKA “Dr. Koto,” translated by Jeffrey Irish, who has been serving an ageing community on a remote  island off Kyushu since the 70s;

Mark Hovane elucidates the healing, transformative qualities of the Japanese garden and its historical development;

Qigong practitioner and teacher Bernard Kwan on how the traditional Chinese approach to wellbeing can transform ageing into “something that is not to be feared, but savored”;

Osaka-dweller Patrick Lydon proposes we re-cultivate the lost fellowship that we once enjoyed with trees—especially so in our cities;

In an excerpt from his new book, Autumn Light, Pico Iyer reflects on a lifelong friendship with the Dalai Lama and his most recent trip through Japan;

Amy Chavez is led to a mystical site of purification frequented by ancient Balinese princes and princesses—with stunning photography by Aimery Joëssel;




Home remedies from all corners of the world, sourced from the Kyoto Journal Community.

Kyoko Yukioka talks to talented sisters Johnna and Reylia Slaby about their upbringing in rural Japan and how it influenced their artistic development;

Swati Mishra speaks to Dai Qing, one of the most vocal opponents of the Three Gorges Dam who continues to scrutinize China’s environmental policy from within China itself;

Vibrant enso by artist-activist Kazuaki Tanahashi enliven the pages of this issue, with an introduction by Codi Hauka;

Remo Notarianni speaks to Chris Doyle on how his latest work as a director The White Girl draws on his extensive experience behind the camera on the set of Hong Kong’s blockbusters;

And, as usual, we offer an eclectic selection of poetry, and reviews of the latest Japan and Asia-related books.


Cover: Collaborative work by Reylia and Johnna Slaby; Above illustration: Alex Mankiewicz; Above photography: Codi Hauka

128pp; Printed on FSC-certified Vent Nouveau paper in Kyoto, Japan by SunM Color


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World Heritage KK

Tuttle Publishing

Hakama Arts


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