From the Editor
Like fine wine, a nation's culture is nurtured slowly, its character and nuances shaped by circumstances of geography,
climate, and the craftsmanship of its practitioners. Japanese cultural tradition has been "aged" at an especially
leisurely pace, a process dating back no less than 4,000 years to China, the Korean peninsula, and points west. Enrich
these august antecedents with the resourcefulness required of a sea-bound archipelago, and you have the unique foundry
of arts that is Japan.
KATEIGAHO INTERNATIONAL EDITION places in your hands a personal invitation to enter a glorious world of art and
culture. Discerning people everywhere possess the innate belief that high quality is worth seeking in clothing, in
food, in home design, in entertainment, in ideas. For a half-century we have guided our Japanese readers on this quest
for the best.
Now, we broaden our mission, asking international readers to join us
on the ultimate in beauty, refinement and taste.
Using our pages as a filter, we will sift to the surface the unique products, talents, achievements, and ideas of
Japanese people who lead their fields and are influencing the world.
Some Japanese already enjoy renown: Issey Miyake is a household name in the fashion world; chef Nobu Matsuhisa has fans
from London to Los Angeles. But there are many, many more to discover from Living National Treasures who dye and weave exquisite silks,
to the planet's leading cultivator of irises, to the garden we go!
We define "arts" and "culture" broadly. As you'll see in these pages, we cover the latest trends in the design of
robots, cafes, athletic shoes, cosmetics, even the fabric of urban living.
The aesthetics and values of Japanese tradition make this innovation possible. We hope that by reporting trend-setting
ideas as well as timeless delights, we can give you a sense of hope, serenity, and joy about the world.
editor in chief