Many thanks! Somehow I've managed to make it to the end.

Yutaka Akahoshi
Born in 1963. Worked in Tokyo as a freelance writer and editor since 1990. Founded asianbeehive in 2005. Began publishing "Krash japan" from September the same year. Published the novel "Poison" under nom de plume Sanku Meguro in 2006. Moved to Kurashiki in the Fall of that year. Favorite pastimes are Shogi(Japanese Chess)and baseball.

It all began at a town called Ensenada. It happened over five years ago from this day in September, 2004. Hikaru Kurozumi, who writes our cinema column and I were traveling aimlessly south down Baja California. The idea of KJ first came up at a porch on the second floor of a cheap hotel that we had stopped on our way. This believe it or not is the incredible truth.

At that point, chances of the idea becoming true were next to nothing. We casually talked about how a magazine on Kurashiki would be interesting in the same vain we would say "it would be fun if we could live on the moon." By the way, I met Kurozumi in Tokyo about fifteen years ago and found out we were both the same age and came from Kurashiki by coincidence.

Before reaching Ensenada, we traveled around the United States for three weeks by car. Some of the places we visited were St. Louis, Memphis, New Orleans, Kansas City, Denver and Phoenix. This trip without any purpose or plans made Kurozumi and I realize that the true America was not in big cities like NY and LA but in provincial cities. Our talk in Ensenada about "a magazine on Kurashiki" really meant "a magazine with a provincial city as its theme."

Who imagined that I would wind up creating it? Even if I were a little more experienced than Kurozumi in regards to what it takes to create and continue a magazine, like execution, organizing skills and funds, my ability were very limited. Under such conditions, will power was the driving force behind continuing KJ up to its 10th issue. I kept going these past five years just thinking that "I don't want to lose." I wasn't sure what I was losing or winning against, but I definitely did not want to lose.

KJ concludes with this volume, 10. This is in accord with the scenario I drew at the time of the first edition which means that I did not lose nor is there any strong feelings that I won either. There are neither any feelings of accomplishment or satisfaction. There is only a vague feeling asking "I wonder what it was?" Why did I keep going and what was Krash japan? I feel that the answer may come many years from now.