immortal wishes:
labor and transcendence
on a Japanese sacred mountain

Ellen Schattschneider

Duke University Press (2003)

Teaching Resources



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Plan for Morita Village's "Great Stone Village" (not yet completed)

The drawing shows plans for versions of sacred rock spaces from around the world, including Ayers Rock, Mt. Rushmore, the Great Sphinx, Easter Island, and so forth.   Akakura mountain and its gorge are in the background.

(This village redevelopment project is discussed in:  Schattschneider, Ellen. 1996.  "The labor of mountains."  positions.  4:1-30)

Morita Village Development Plan 1992

Akakura mountain is the name given to the north-east face of Mt. Iwaki, a quiescent volcanic cone that dominates the southern Tsgaru plain.  The better known Iwaki mountain has three peak; Iwaki san shrine is located at its base, below a relatively smooth slope. Akakura mountain, in turn, also has three peaks, but is noted for its rough, volcanic surface and is dominated by a great gorge.

For an introduction to the mountain, see Immortal Wishes, pp. 32-36


Website developed by Ellen Schattschneider (Brandeis University)