Kyoto Journal Issue 89
SPECIAL SECTION: CRAFT ECOLOGIES
Photographers Everett Brown and Robert van Koesveld focus on takumi (the spirit of craftsmanship) and the complex relationships within the kagai, the local communities supporting geiko entertainers, respectively;
Lauren W. Deutsch profiles the ten key craft families responsible for upholding the perfection of tea ceremony utensils, while Ai Kanazawa-Cheung delves into the intricacies of Tanimura Tango’s tea whisks;
Amae Dairik interviews one of the few remaining shamisen-repairers and Matsuyama Sachiko talks with the last maker of silk instrument strings;
Douglas Brooks seeks out tool-making artisans who support traditional boat builders and Elise Lawrence interviews Emily Reynolds, a dedicated apprentice to a master clay wall plasterer;
Melinda Heal introduces the delicate art of katagami stencils used in Japanese textile dyeing;
Allen S. Weiss discusses toriawase, the art of matching specific ceramic pieces in tea ceremony or display, and Prairie Stuart-Wolff describes a perfect union of ceramics and cuisine.
INSIGHTS FROM ASIA
Alexandra Ting celebrates the lively ecosystem of a traditional shotengai (shopping street) in her Kyoto neighborhood; Elle Murrell continues her series on entrepreneurial Kyoto women, introducing a master ikebana artist (pictured on our cover), and a maker of Japanese paint pigments who has created a fashionable new product.
James Fyfe interviews Buddhist author Ruth Ozeki on “being a time being,” and KJ’s Rambler-at-large Robert Brady meets up with the rambling haikuist Matsuo Basho.
Sebastian Bitticks offers a heartfelt account of expat life in Hong Kong; a photo-essay by Agung Parameswara reveals the labour-intensive process of mie lethek noodle-making in a village near Yogjakarta; and “Psychology Volunteers on Bikes” founders Edna Lee and Mishka Watin, from Cebu, the Philippines, explain to us their enlightened approach to urban planning. Christopher Impiglia tells a magical story of a medieval glassblower’s obsession, and Tripper Ryder traces his own obsession with Japanese traditional music as “a Tennessee Bumpkin in Emperor Kammu’s Court.” KJ 89 also offers Asia-connected poetry from the U.S., Korea, India, Hong Kong, and a wide-ranging collection of topical reviews.
Also featured: inspired by traditional Japanese scrolls, an image of Kyoto’s iconic Sagano Bamboo Forest by Time photographer Russel Wong.
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