Kyoto Journal 90

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Kyoto Journal 90


Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan from another era: stunning photography from Luke Powell’s forthcoming book, Asia Highway, and primordial sea-roads traveled by ancient Shinto gods in Yoshida Shigeru’s photos of torii gates along the Tohoku coastline, with an accompanying essay by John Dougill;

Following in the footsteps of an itinerant Kyoto priest of the 13th-century Kaidoki in a new translation by Meredith McKinney, and the Tokaido highway with renowned woodblock artist Hiroshige in John Gohorry’s retelling of a historical shogunate mission;

Victorian-era explorer Isabella Bird on her Unbeaten Tracks in Japan, a classic account of travels by rickshaw and pack-horse in 1878, and Ann Tashi Slater recounts a family road trip brimming with idealism;

Pico Iyer ponders local bikers’ fascination with Route 66 in his quiet Nara suburb, and Lianca Van Der Merwe reports back from a new gourmet cycling tour of rural Iwate Prefecture, and;

Robert Brady, KJ’s Rambler-at-Large, meditates on the traveler’s life-journey.


Manga reportage on disaster relief by Fumio Obata, and the third instalment on our series on the mysterious performing art of Noh by KJ’s Consulting Editor Mizuho Toyoshima;

Illuminating interviews with kimono designer Tange Yusuke by textile artist Melinda Heal, and Yamada Akihiro, architect of Kyoto’s beloved Kamo River promenade, by Jeff Adler;

Beautifully illustrated short fiction from the battlefields of Pakistan by Mohammad Nasrullah Khan, plus our selection of poetry and reviews of the latest Asia-related books.

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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.