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Kazuo Miyata
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Kazue Miyata: Rooftops and a Wooden Womb

The second of a three-part series on Yamagata Mountain Ascetics Those figures retreating into the fogged mountains of Dewa-Sanzan are the Yamabushi. For over a thousand years these secretive, ritualistic, asectics have cultivated powers... »STORY

Tomohiko Yoshida
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Tomohiko Yoshida: Glimpsing at the Oldest Shapes

Asking the gods for specific blessings (success, love, money, peace, material things) is now so commonplace at Japanese shrines and temples, it has almost lost its sacredness. You simply write the request down, or give some coins. It has... »STORY

Daisuke Takase
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Daisuke Takase: Dancing Out from Tokushima

The third of our three-part series on The Tokushima Awa Odori (Parts 1 & 2) A Tokushima local, from a family with a deep Awa Odori history, Daisuke Takase had no interest in the Awa Odori festival when he was young. He felt it was... »STORY

Koimi Kanamori
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Koimi Kanamori: Three Silk Strings

The second of our three-part series on The Tokushima Awa Odori (Parts 1 & 3) When she was very young, Koimi Kanamori’s grandmother would practice the shamisen everyday. The large plectrum (called a ‘bachi’) would hit the three... »STORY

Kayo Shinomiya
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Kayo Shinomiya: An Endless, Ceaseless Dance

A Taiko drum’s boom rattles a long wooden stadium, packed with spectators, and a high pitched bell pierces the ears. Sweating groups of dancers wobble and bounce, lit by colored lanterns, their hands in the air as they chant... »STORY

Hiroshi Hoshino
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Hiroshi Hoshino: Under a Heavy Mandala

The last of a three-part series on Yamagata Mountain Ascetics Those figures retreating into the fogged mountains of Dewa-Sanzan are the Yamabushi. For over a thousand years these secretive, ritualistic, asectics have cultivated powers... »STORY

Kokai Shimatsu
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Kokai Shimatsu: Merging with the Endless

The first of a three-part series on Yamagata Mountain Ascetics Those figures retreating into the fogged mountains of Dewa-Sanzan are the Yamabushi. For over a thousand years these secretive, ritualistic, asectics have cultivated powers... »STORY

Papersky #32 Yosemite
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Inspired by Nature in Yosemite National Park

A big part of Knee High Media, whether it be PAPERSKY, Mammoth or Plants + is Nature. Ever since the days of Tokion, our minds and therefore our media has always been inspired by Nature. We have consistently relied on nature as both a... »STORY

PAPERSKY #29 AUSTRALIA
PHOTOGRAPHY: PIROSHI UTSUNOMIYA

Aboriginal Australians Play the Songlines

This issue of PAPERSKY is very special as it's the first attempt for a major Japanese magazine to report on Aboriginal Australians or Indigenous Australian culture. Native Australians date back as long as 125,000 years and spoke over 300... »STORY

PAPERSKY #16 SHIMANE
PHOTOGRAPHY: KEIZO KIOKU

Temples, Tea and Time-travelling in Shimane

Shimane is a place where the essence of Japan still exists. It is a place where the people still have Japanese hearts and where Japanese history still physically stands in place. Shimane is a place that I am always eager to visit, because... »STORY