Duke University Press (2003)
Mountain Opening Ceremony (Yamabiraki)
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Fascinating interview with Japanese artist Mariyo Yagi, who constructed and ritually burned a great ritual rope ("nawa") to honor the souls of those who perished in the 1995 Great Hanshin earthquake in Kobe. The artist specifically mentions Tsugaru, and compares the burning rope to a "fire dragon." The symbolism of this work of performance art strikingly recalls the dynamics of the Mountain Opening rite at Akakura.
More on Mariyo Yagi and her rope-inspired art:
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