As an independent magazine-cum-journal and online platform, STORIED celebrates the notion of slow and sustainable journalism, touching personal narratives, and considered recommendations for the conscientious explorer. So, whether your interest is travel, design, or cultural heritage, let the pages of STORIED take you on a journey into the true heart of Japan.
Volume Three celebrates Japan's enduring relationship with cedar. Known as sugi in Japanese, the tall branches of these sacred trees – a symbol of Shintoism – provide a means for kami to descend to earth.
Sugi grow in abundance throughout most of the country and are beloved not only for their spiritual connections, but they are famed for their pleasant fragrance, warm colour, and soft, pliable texture that has been used for centuries in construction.
In this issue STORIED reflects upon how Japan’s perception of cedar has evolved and changed from ancient appreciations to its view as somewhat of a modern day menace. The writers contemplate how they may effectively use cedar to become more sustainably attuned with Japan’s forested places and they visit creatives and designers whose visions are inspiring positive change and producing exquisite products along the way.
Volume Three is a celebration of artisanship and traditions and an embrace of contemporary cedar within our everyday life.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Pieces of Art: Edo Kumiko Tatemasu
Modern Bonsai: A Dialogue with Masashi Hirao
On Okinawa Time
Keiko Kurashima, Japan's Only Female Soy Sauce Sommelier