The FEEL KIYOMIZUDERA project presents
a new perspective and a fresh interpretation
of prayer through a variety of experimental
expressions beyond convention.

20 June 2021



4 Jun. 2021

silk road – prologue

2021 atelier

silik road - 祈りの道

The sound of prayer that bridges East and West


about project

The Great Renovation of the Kiyomizu-dera Temple that began in 2008 was completed in December 2020. The process included the rethatching work of the Main Hall’s hinoki bark roof and the replacement of the stage’s floorboards. Now, the temple buildings, as the holy grounds of Kannon, have been fully restored to their former splendor.

The renovation resulted in a pile of aging pillars that had long underpinned the stage and witnessed countless people pray. We at Kiyomizu-dera Temple have had a fervent desire to preserve this precious wood in some shape or form and hand it down to the next generation. Such passion propelled us to conceive the idea of this project.

Having met Akira Uchida, a musician and a tuner as well as a clavichord maker, we discovered the affinity of music and religion, as well as hearing many anecdotes about the clavichord. The clavichord is a small wooden piano-like keyboard instrument, invented in the 14th century in Europe. It is said this instrument is designed to produce such soft sounds that it evokes the silence of nature. The sounds of this tiny keyboard have continuously soothed people and led them to a profound state of spirituality. One old account writes that the music of the heavens can be heard as the clavichord sounds soften.

The imaginings inspired by the invisible, intangible sound will no doubt lead the ever-changing world -- both East and West -- to an even finer embodiment of prayers, reflecting philosophy and religious beliefs.

Akira Uchida will craft a clavichord from the used floorboards once forming the Kiyomizu-dera Temple’s Main Hall stage and with it will perform. With this project, titled “silk road – a path for prayer,” we will pray for world peace and offer a clavichord performance.


The entire project will be unveiled in the summer of 2021.


本堂を支えるという役目を終えた木材たちには、あまたの人々の祈りが込められてきました。それを何かのかたちで伝えていけないか、これが本プロジェクトのはじまりです。 音楽家、調律師でありクラヴィコード制作者の内田輝氏と出会い、音楽と宗教との親和性、 クラヴィコードという木製楽器のストーリーを知りました。

14世紀に発明されたクラヴィコードは、西洋の鍵盤楽器です。 自然界の静寂を呼び込むほど音量が小さい設計になっているこの楽器は、音を小さくするほど天上の音楽が聴こえてきたと記され、人々を癒し、深い精神性へと導いてきました。


内田輝氏が清水寺の本堂舞台板からクラヴィコードを制作し、演奏するプロジェクトを「silk road - 祈りの道」と題し、世の平安を祈り、奉納します。




Akira Uchida / 内田 輝

After worked as a saxophonist for several years, learned piano tuning under Mr. Satoshi Yoshida. Planning and holding "Sound workshop" which is to introduce how to interact with various sounds from the viewpoint of sound turning.
While learning from Mr. Masahiro Adachi, instrumental producer, started to create Clavichord (keyboard instrument), invented in the 14th century.
"Making instruments, Tuning sounds, Being a musician"
This flow is essential for me to see the world.

サックス奏者として活動後、ピアノ調律を吉田哲氏に師事。音の調律から観る様々な音との対話方法を伝える『音のワークショップ』を開催。楽器製作家、安達正浩氏の教えのもと、14世紀に考案されたクラヴィコード (鍵盤楽器)を製作。自ら楽器を作り、音を調律し、音楽家であること。この流れを大事にして世界を観たいと思っている。

Feature : sax / piano / clavichord / piano tuning / instrumentmake

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