Mt. Yoshino System

Photo: studio sugarl


Video shooting and editing: Create ESM Takashi Nagano
映像撮影・編集:Create ESM 永野貴志

Surplus thread, Yoshino cedar
Mt. Yoshino, Nara, “OKUYAMATO MIND TRAIL Museum in your mind”

奈良県吉野山「MIND TRAIL 奥大和 心のなかの美術館」にてインスタレーション・パフォーマンス



Yoshinoyama is a sacred site of Shugendo(a unique Japanese belief system of mountain asceticism with deep roots in Yoshino as well as on Mt. Koya, or Koyasan, to the southwest). The ascetic practice is said to involve entering the Mother Mountain, burying oneself in this life, and being reborn from the womb of the deceased.

Rebirth. Reincarnation. This is something that is familiar to the technique of knitting, which I usually work with. A single thread can take on many different shapes when knitted, and when unraveled, it returns to a single thread, which can then take on a different shape the next time. Taking advantage of these characteristics of knitting, I will take a journey through life and death together with the people of Yoshino.