Spiritual Culture Revival

Mikako Tomotari


After the Edo Period, many cultural traditions were persecuted by the Meiji Reformation across Japan. At Mount Hiko (Hikosan) in Northern Kyushu, religious objects were destroyed and Shugendō rituals were halted for over a century. Historically, Shugendō was an ascetic practice that combines Shintō, Buddhism and mountain beliefs. Today society does not fully appreciate the spiritual significance of customs from this local area. Mikako Tomotari’s sculptures utilize digital technology to recreate religious objects, thereby restoring historically marginalized religious culture. This work revives philosophies based on the coexistence of people and nature today.

Video Introduction of Hikosan Shugendo /  Mikako Tomotari

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