Kyoto Journal Issue 91
SPECIAL SECTION: living sustainability
‘SUSTAINABILITY,’ like many buzzwords, has become devalued through overuse. To ‘sustain’ in essence means to provide sustenance—what our basic life support system, the natural world does… or used to do. We are also sustained by things we can’t necessarily name or accurately describe, all bound together by myriad tangled invisible interconnections of cause and effect. Yet these primeval, still mysterious mechanisms of natural equilibrium are being threatened by imperfect human survival strategies.
Architect Thomas Daniell speaks to 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 rural Japan’s depopulation—and what measures may help alleviate it;
Ananya Mayukha speaks to the founder of the Kyoto-based shojin restaurant Naoko Nakasone, seeks to revive the millet-based diet that Okinawans once considered “spirit food,” and Chuck Kayser tells Anna Malpas the story of his starting a farm in Kyoto;
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 snow leopard;
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 in LA;
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, and reviews of the latest Asia-related books, including our picks from Tuttle.
Cover by Macoto Murayama (courtesy of Frantic Gallery Tokyo)
Printed on Vent Nouveau fine art paper by SunM Color, Kyoto
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