Kyoto Journal 92

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Kyoto Journal 92

KJ92: Devotion 

 “We’re most of us less happy when we’re trying to control or perfect something than when we’re giving ourselves up to it”—Pico Iyer

The special section of this issue of KJ was inspired by the symbols and practices of devotion that are so ubiquitous in our own city. Of course, devotion is visible in the form of the many temples and shrines that dot every city block, with histories stretching back over a millennium.Yet the devotion seen among Kyoto’s residents is not necessarily entirely religious in nature, but of a kind that centres upon transcending the self. Here we gather stories that demonstrate devotion in the broadest sense: be it the pursuit of mastery of an art, a tribute to a lasting friendship, or a commitment to living life to its fullest.

128pp, printed in Kyoto, Japan

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Founded in 1987, Kyoto Journal (KJ) is an award-winning, volunteer-driven quarterly presenting thought-provoking cultural and historical insights from Kyoto, Japan and all of Asia.

KJ’s interdisciplinary approach, high standards of journalism and stunning design have brought us several international independent press awards, including the Utne Reader and Pushcart Prize as well as recognition from the Japanese government's Cultural Affairs Agency. 

A journal is an ongoing means of looking afresh at the inhabited world, both social and natural. In selecting material for Kyoto Journal we look for intelligent work that comes from the heart. We are curious about society, beliefs, traditions and new developments — how people live, and live well — through the lens of Asian experience.

At the same time, our name, “Kyoto Journal,” also reflects more than a physical location. Kyoto is a place of deep spiritual and cultural heritage, and has been the measure of such things here in Japan for more than a millennium. Kyoto culture has looked deeply inwards and has also drawn richly from outside, especially since the Meiji modernization. 

Essentially, Kyoto Journal is a community that transcends place, while respecting and celebrating regional and local identity.

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