PORTRAIT / CULTURE / STAGE

Harmony with Nature


Filming Cooperation Lake Akan AINU Theater IKOR

30, January, 2016
Contents of STORY Photography JAPAN Vol.6:2016 Winter

Japanese has been God dwells in all things.
Also the AINU believe KAMUI dwell in all natures.

Japan is not well known multi-ethnic nation.
The same as accurate with the history of Native American might should say “was a multi-ethnic nation.”
Ancient Japanese has been God dwells in all things.
Also the AINU believe KAMUI dwell in all natures.
The awe & respect for nature.
It might be the way of life was normal in ancient time.

The AINU are an indigenous people of Japan and traditional culture was quite different from Japanese culture.
They are traditionally animists, believing that everything in nature has a KAMUI (spirit or god) on the inside.
The most important include god of bears & mountains, god of the sea, goddess of the hearth.
AINU thought KAMUI visit the world in animal form.
In the AINU of the world, God comes to play with the animal skins and meat.
The bear is the highest position in KAMUI.
They bring up child bear few years, they send off bear’s soul to the world of gods
with a lot of souvenirs. This ceremony called “IOMANTE” means “sending off the bear”.
The Ainu people give thanks to the gods before eating and pray to the deity of fire in time of sickness.

They believe their spirits are immortal, and that their spirits will be rewarded hereafter by ascending to KAMUI MOSIR (Land of the Gods).
They believed that KAMUI will come again when KAMUI know the our world is beautiful.
Dancing with gratitude, Pray for meeting again.

Do you know Gaia hypothesis?
The Gaia hypothesis, also known as Gaia theory or Gaia principle,
proposes that organisms interact with their inorganic surroundings on earth to form a synergistic self-regulating,complex system that helps to maintain and perpetuate the conditions for life on the planet.
Topics of interest include how the biosphere and the evolution of life forms affect the stability of global temperature,ocean salinity, oxygen in the atmosphere, the maintenance of a hydrosphere of liquid water and other environmental variables that affect the habitability of Earth.

Currently, Nature is angry.
Disasters, big earthquake, environmental pollution by nuclear…Some problems we have.
We need to live in harmony with Nature, Looking back over the past.
Ancient peoples respect for nature, also I think we cant now.
I hope to make convivial world.
We need to remember Animal, Nature, People need to live together just like ancient peoples.


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