The gesture of prayer for 20years
Kitano tenmangu shrine, Kyoto, Nov, 2012
Japanese / English
In ancient times, some people thought a new sun rose each morning
And feared the next day no sun would rise.
So they held festivals of sun destruction
And prayer for its rebirth.
Is there not a similarity between this and the cycle of destruction and regeneration in the transfer of a God to a new shrine?
In parallel with this year's ceremony at Ise Jingu
I conduct my own ceremony for a 20 year rebirth.
I crack a new, circular mirror
And exchange each piece, one by one, with items that surround us.
To regenerate a God in daily life,
Unreachable by the sun,
And keep the sun in us.
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