楠本涼 / Ryo Kusumoto

the road of old common(2009-2010)

the road of old common

2009-2010 JPN

Wicket of the eaves, when leaving the ridge, which was opened while gasping for breath, with his hometown of intonation to the greeting of “Hello” came out.


In 2004, the sacred place and worship road in the Kii Mountains were registered as a World Heritage Site. It is a rare area where a mixture of Shinto rooted in worship of nature, Buddhism that has developed uniquely in Japan, and Shugendo, which are linked together, grew up.


Among them, the prayer road that connects the Holy Land, Koyasan, an esoteric Buddhism opened by Kobo Daishi, to the Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine is called “Kohechi”. It is said that the road, which was originally a living path for mountainous local residents, has been used as a “path for the common people” since the early modern period.


After talking to a elder woman of a certain village. After climbing up the cold air in the shade of the trees and the muddy road, I left the country road for a moment and heard the cry of a “horse” behind me. Distance is about 10m. near. I searched around without any doubt, but there was no appearance. If you think about it, there are no wild horses there. The true meaning of the strange experience is still unknown.


There were times when I could even hear distant dew sounds in the fog, and times when I could step into an area where I could always see someone’s gaze. It’s not a natural landscape or a theme park.


Traffic that goes back and forth between modern customs and the faith of the past. Pass through the eaves, complement something and exchange greetings.