Masanori Matsuda |

The gesture of prayer for 20years

 

Kitano tenmangu shrine, Kyoto, Nov, 2012

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.