On May 10, we welcomed Tsuyoshi Suzuki to Koyasan Kongosanmaiin, a temple registered as a World Heritage site, to shoot a film in the midst of blooming rhododendrons, which are designated as a natural monument and are a specialty of Kongosanmaiin in spring.
Koyasan, located in the northern part of Wakayama Prefecture, is a mountainous basin surrounded by mountains of 1,000 meters in height, and is registered as a World Heritage Site as “the Kiisanchi no Reijo to Sankeimichi”. (Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range and Surrounding Cultural Landscapes.) Originally, the entire Koyasan area was considered to be the precincts of a temple called “Issan keidaichi”, which was originally synonymous with Koyasan Shingon Buddhism Kongobuji Head Temple. Among them, Koyasan Kongosammaiin, one of the components of the World Heritage Site, has lodgings (called Shukubo) as a separate head temple of the Koyasan Shingon sect and has Aizen Myoo as its principal deity.
This time, we were allowed to stay at a lodging house from the day before, and Tsuyoshi gave a DJ performance right in front of the main hall where the principal image of the temple is enshrined, and next to the large rhododendron, some of which are said to be over 400 years old, which was just in its prime. We recorded the sutra reading early in the morning and mixed it directly into the play. Please enjoy the performance that also matches the tranquil atmosphere of Koyasan!
In the near future, we will also update the secret story of the shooting and the backstory, including detailed stories about Kongosanmaiin and Koyasan, plus the unexpected connection between Koyasan and Tsuyoshi.
I hope you enjoy it from here too!
TEXT : THAT IS GOOD editorial department, Nakamura
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