Kyoto Journal, the much beloved non-profit quarterly covering Kyoto, Japan, and Asia, celebrates 30 years of publication with an issue on travel recent and ancient (including excerpts from the writings of an intrepid Victorian traveler with whom I am honored to share a last name: Isabella Bird). As of Issue 89 (the current one is #90) the magazine is back in print after an experiment in online-only publication, and as gorgeous as ever. During my recent travels to Japan I made a brief stop at a new intentional community in Nara that values characteristics it defines as feminine, like cooperation and collaboration, for an upcoming issue of the magazine focused on sustainable living. I’ll post a link when it’s published. For now, here’s an excerpt from issue #90:
Lying here alone / upon my ink-black monk’s robes / to sleep a traveler’s sleep / brings home to me / the home that I have left
That’s from Meredith McKinney’s beautiful translation of the Kaidoki (“sea-road journal”), a travelogue written by an anonymous monk in the 13th century.