The end of the world can never
Be reached by walking. However,
Without having reached the world’s end
There is no release from suffering.
I declare that it is in this fathom—
long carcass, with its perceptions
and thoughts, that there is the world, the
origin of the world, the cessation of the
world, and the path leading to the cessation of the world.
(Gautama Buddha acc. to the Anguttara Nikaya 4:45)
The footage, which this has been sitting on my HD for nearly 2 years, comes from the Winter 2010 Dogen Sangha zen sesshin (retreat) at Cholin in the Czech Republic. It’s dedicated to all our Czech Rep and Slovenia (?) members – anyway, all you over there! – but especially to Pavel and Jana, who are in my thoughts at the moment
Hana No Kage/Shadow of a Flower: Japan Series 2011/Ralph Hoyte with Haruka Furuya. One of a series of narrative (haibun) videos of my 2005 trip to Japan in the footsteps of the 17th century Haiku Master Matsuo Basho's 'oku no hosomichi/The Narrow Road to the Deep North'. Death Mountain (Gassan) is one of 3 peaks in the dewa sanzan in Tohoku Province, Honshu. The other two are Yudono-san and Haguro-san, Rebirth and Birth respectively. The three are a popular pilgimage route. I climbed Yudono-san, then Gassan and slept in the gents toilets at the top(!), then hiked on to Haguro-san over a 3-day period. The book, hana no kage/Shadow of a Flower is available on Amazon UK.
‘Hana no Kage/Shadow of a Flower’, a performance piece resulting from my trip to Japan in 2005 on an Arts Council travel bursary. Using the 17thc haiku master, Matsuo Basho’s revered ‘oku no hosomichi/The Narrow Road to the Deep North’ as a guide I followed in his footsteps for 5 weeks in the Northern provinces of Japan’s main island, Honshu, recording my impressions in words, stills, video and audio. This resulted in a ‘Necessary Journeys’ contribution to a Tate Modern seminar, a live performance work including film for the Bristol Poetry Festival (with Japanese actress Haruka Furuya), and a book of the same name (pub. by City Chameleon). The video is the introduction to the performance piece