March 9, 1986 |
To the Japanese, Kyoto means tradition. This quiet city was the bustling capital for over a thousand years. During that time, local artisans, providing the imperial court and its officers with textiles, ceramic wares and the other necessities of life, developed their skills into fine art. When Japan's center of commerce and political life shifted to Edo (the ancient name for Tokyo) during the mid-1800s, many of the craftsmen remained in Kyoto and continued to work, refining their craft.
June 22, 2009 |
True fluency in two cultures is a privilege -- and a burden -- granted to few. Mary Yukari Waters is one of these. Her Irish American father met and married her mother in Kyoto, Japan, where Waters spent her early years. At age 9, she moved with her parents to California, where she still lives, while remaining close to her Kyoto relatives. Strikingly Caucasian-looking to the Japanese, more Japanese at heart than Americans suspect, Waters is unusually able to explain them to each other.
May 10, 1987
Japan Travel-Phone offers direct telephone service to anyone in need of English-speaking help in solving a language problem or obtaining travel information about Japan. The toll-free numbers: 0120-222 800 for information on the eastern Japan region, 0120-444 800 for the western. For visitors within the Tokyo or Kyoto city limits, calls should be directed to the JNTO Tourist Information Center (local calls are 10 yen for three minutes). The numbers: 502-1461 in Tokyo, 371-5649 in Kyoto.
July 19, 1987 |
Yasunari Kawabata, winner of the 1968 Nobel Prize, is often cited as one of the representative Japanese novelists of the modern era, especially in light of his concern with the conflict between tradition and modernity. "The Old Capital" is set in post-war Japan and, as the translator points out, is filled with a melancholy feeling about Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan.
March 7, 1999
I enjoyed your article "Searching for the Heart of Old Japan" (Jan. 31), especially since I have recently returned from a 12-day walking tour of Kyoto through Esprit Travel, which I found in one of the Times' Tours & Cruises columns. Not only did I avoid all of your author's frustrations and disappointments, but I was able to find the essence of what she was apparently looking for: a deep experience of the authentic heart of old Japan. Our tour leaders knew the city better than most Japanese, who never get to see most of what we saw. For example: Our leader in Kyoto took us on walking routes to one exquisite site after another, to private gardens, tea and conversation with monks, interviews with artists and back-room demonstrations by master craftsmen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1986 |
The ancient city of Kyoto treated Britain's Prince Charles and Princess Diana to a crash course in Japanese culture Friday, with a round of visits to temples, Zen gardens and a tea ceremony. "Diana-san," cried hordes of young girls waving bouquets along the royal couple's motorcade route. At one point, they departed from their schedule to shake hands with the young well-wishers.