Kyoto Journal Issue 91
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SPECIAL SECTION: LIVING SUSTAINABILITY
Thomas Daniell speaks to superstar architect Kengo Kuma, who seeks to design buildings that incorporate the “endless flows within which living beings exist”;
Jeff Irish and “Lost Japan” author Alex Kerr both elucidate the disturbing prospects of depopulation in rural Japan—and what measures may help alleviate it;
Ananya Mayukha speaks to Naoko Nakasone, the founder of a Kyoto-based vegan restaurant who seeks to revive the millet-based diet that Okinawans once considered “spirit food,” and Chuck Kayser tells Anna Malpas the story of how he realized Midori Farm in neighbouring Shiga;
Kya Kim looks at how one remarkable school in Bali is pioneering a curriculum centered around sustainability;
Magda Rittenhouse visits Hiroshi Sugimoto’s primordial Enoura Observatory;
Kaz Egashira presents insights into a centuries-old agricultural system in remote Tokushima Prefecture;
Susan Leibik takes us on a magical journey through the Himalayas in search of the elusive, divine snow leopard;
Winifred Bird investigates the Toyouke-no-mori collective in Nara, a spearheaded by artist Oda Mayumi;
And Wada Takao starts the “tiny house” movement in a small Yamanashi town.
INSIGHTS FROM ASIA
Leath Tonino finds refuge amongst ancient Chinese landscape scrolls during a bitter San Franciscan winter;
Leanne Ogasawara talks to artist and long-time Kyoto resident, Daniel Kelly,
Paul Polydorou tells the story of Verrier Elwin, who championed the cultural sophistication of tribes in early 20th century India;
The poetry of Tao Yuanming and Su Dongpo, Emperor Meiji and Genzo Sarashina in translation;
We remember Kikuo Morimoto, who rebuilt war-torn Cambodia’s unparalleled heritage of silk weaving, in an interview with Holly Thompson;
Florentyna Leow shares her favorite quirky doorways in Kyoto;
Plus a selection of short fiction (read online: Cabin in the Pines by Leath Tonino), and reviews of the latest Asia-related books, including our picks from Tuttle.
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.