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Culture tips, Field 2012, Field Journal

Beauty and impermanence

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Well, I am already late for this, but hanami season is upon us, and I think that, while a lot of people are aware of the beauty of these cherry blossoms, it’s harder to fully understand the emotions behind the affection and devotion that Japanese seem to show toward sakura.

I will try to dig a little bit more, trying to shed some light on the link between beauty and impermanence while remembering a beautiful hanami I witnessed, 5 years ago, in the deep of the night.

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Osorezan - Where the spirits dwell
Culture tips, Field 2012, Field Journal

Where the spirits dwell | The Osorezan

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For a long time now, the word “itako” has been associated (at least in the popular culture) with that of Osorezan, the Hell Mountain located in Northern Aomori. While their activity is clearly broader thant that performed at the mountain, this is an undeniably powerful element that concurred in recent years to the popularity of itako themselvs. The Osorezan is infact the most important sacred place of Tōhoku, celebrated as the hells’ mountain, and its volcanic slopes are considered the physical representation of the different buddhist afterworlds. 

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Meeting Itako Nakamura
Documentary, Field 2012, Field Journal

Meeting an Itako: Nakamura-san

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The arrival in Mutsu after a week in Tokyo can only be described as a shock. Visual, first of all. The trip entails three train changes, that give the feeling of slowly leaving modernity behind; once you get of the shinkansen in Hachinohe (roughly three hours from Tokyo), you get on a local train, romantically smaller and older, until finally get on the last, tiny two-coaches train that will finally lead you to Mutsu.

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Welcome to Hell: Mount Osore
Welcome to Hell: Mount Osore
Welcome to Hell: Mount Osore
Welcome to Hell: Mount Osore
Welcome to Hell: Mount Osore
Welcome to Hell: Mount Osore
Welcome to Hell: Mount Osore
Field 2012, Galleries

Welcome to Hell: Mount Osore

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Mount Osore, whose name is generally translated with Dread Mountain, is a sacred mountain raising in the middle of the Shimokita peninsula 下北半島, in the northern part of Aomori Prefecture.

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