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Saturday, September 03, 2011

Daruma Dera - The Roots of Japanese Cinema

Daruma Dera in Kyoto: it was founded in 1718 and belongs to the Rinzai school of Zen. The sacred memory of Bodhidharma (the founder of the Zen flavor of Buddhism) is thoroughly kept through countless Daruma dolls gathered in one of the halls of the temple.

And there is another hall inside Daruma Dera, honoring the beloved memory of all people who worked in the film world of Japan: 800 names, among them Yasujirō Ozu, Kenji Mizoguchi, Sadao Yamanaka, Mansaku Itami, Shōzō Makino, Kinuyo Tanaka, Yujiro Ishihara, Hibari Misora.

Yoko (HANAFUBUKI) visited Daruma Dera: a visit to the roots of Japanese cinema. Her video is silent: a silent meditation on those artists who created one of the most important schools of cinema in the world. Watching the video gave me the feeling of a deep religious experience.

(The Thousand faces of HANAFUBUKI)



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