Autumn 2003 Debut Issue Content
Though only its ephemeral light reaches our world, we can close our eyes and still sense its silvery luster and mysterious shadows. Internationally renowned photographer Shu Akashi provides three surreal images.
Moon over Japan
Even in the bustle of modern living, the moon pervades and enchants with the cyclical rhythm and spirituality expressed in its waxing and waning. Since ancient times it has been a symbol of autumn and harvest. It is also a driving force for creativity in literature and the arts. This is your invitation to our moon-viewing party.
Sumi Infinity Toko Shinoda's Recent Works
Fifty years of passion are expressed in Toko Shinoda's calligraphy. Famed for the universal beauty of her creations, she is called a poet of black ink painting. Enjoy her latest works, accompanied by her essays.
Artists are transcending the old domains of animation, using new freedoms of expression to create break-through genres. We spotlight four of the boldest of the new breed.
Ceramics by former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa debut in Paris.
Passion for Clay Isamu Noguchi and Japanese Potters
Autumn brings to New York an exhibition of ceramics by sculptor Isamu Noguchi, and another celebrating Oribe pottery and the arts of 16th-century Japan.
Mosses of Majesty
Saihoji temple in Kyoto earned its listing as a World Heritage Site for the 120 types of moss that carpet its 14th-century gardens. We tell you how to visit.
Bonsai Brings Autumn Indoors
Ideal for today's way of life, bonsai is gaining popularity. Let us show you the pleasures of autumn in miniature.
Embracing the Soul
Passed down from the 14th century, noh is a drama of ghostly souls. Donning masks, the actor expresses the emotions of the universe. Mask and actor become a single spirit. Meet two experts, noh actor Akiyo Tomoeda and mask sculptor Kazumichi Hashioka, who describe their spiritual art.
Ki The Spirit of Modern Beauty
Kenzo releases a new cosmetic line revolutionary for its opposition to the quick-fix approach in the contemporary beauty industry. KENZOKI espouses gradual revitalization with luxuriant texture and fragrance.
Happening Fall: Fashion Headliners From Japan
Three designers captivate the world with their autumn/winter collections.
Kohji Tatsuno revives venerable Maison Grès in Paris.
Y-3 is Yohji Yamamoto's hot collaboration with Addidas.
HaaT by Makiko Minagawa, draws New York attention.
Harmony Through Tea
Sen Genshitsu, Great Grand Master of the Urasenke Tradition of Tea, advocates appreciation of the tea ceremony as a way to cultivate aesthetic sentiments in all ages. We visit his school, where children learn the merits of courtesy, etiquette, and pride in one's culture and personal accomplishment.
Casual Living in Roppongi
Join us for a stay in a full-service apartment in Roppongi Hills, the newly opened business-entertainment-lifestyle complex in Tokyo. Guests are treated to convenience, elegance, and even options in decor.
Living Beauty of Japanese Furnishings
Cutting no corners, Japanese craftsmen keep traditional skills alive as they create fabulous furniture. From selection of materials to construction and decoration, their sublime work is clear in our step-by-step photographs.
Hot-Spring Aficionados Visit a Top-Notch Ryokan
A British architect and longtime resident of Japan visits an exclusive ryokan in Hakone with a colleague new to such accommodations. Join them as they explore the allure of the Japanese inn, so unlike Western-style hotels.
We present 33 of our favorite ryokans where you can experience the best of Japanese tradition and culture. These inns are excellent places to restore the soul. We tell you all you need to know to get the most out of a visit.
Works Tsuki: the Moon in abstract and words by Toko Shinoda.
Souvenirs: Harvest of Whimsy
Fuku Fukuda, self-professed traveling gourmet, shares tips on discovering unusual souvenirs around Japan. Sample some intriguing local confections that evoke autumn festivals.
Arts & Culture Interviews with...
- Ganjiro Nakamura Kabuki
- Saburo Teshigawara Dance
- Tamami Tono Sho Player
- Takeshi Kitano Film
Arts & Design / Events Around the Globe / Temple & Gardens / Performing Arts / Books
From the Editor
Kateigaho International Edition on the Web
The Winter Issue, Coming in December
Selections From this Issue in Japanese