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

14 July 2024



5 Jan. 2024

“ KIYOMIZU – Cycle of Blessings “

2013 - 2023 Kiyomizu-dera Temple




本展で上映するドキュメンタリー映像「KIYOMIZU - Cycle of blessings」は、およそ10年間に渡りアーカイブしてきた映像素材を活用しています。仏教や寺院が今を生きる人々にとってどのように役に立てるか、寄り添うことができるのかを改めて問い直し、今回は映像という手段を用いて我々の言葉を紡ぎました。

約20分間の映像には、アーカイブ映像と撮り下ろした風景などに加え、貫主・森 清範、学芸員・坂井 輝久、執事・大西 英玄の3名のインタビューを収録いたしました。映像中の音楽を担当したのは、京都を拠点に国内外で活躍されている音楽家・原 摩利彦氏。そして尺八の演奏は工藤 煉山氏が担当しています。

当山は2012年より、写真や映像で清水寺の「今」を発信するプロジェクト「FEEL KIYOMIZUDERA」に取り組んでまいりました。使用しているアーカイブ映像もこのプロジェクトの一環として記録してきたものです。国境や言語を超え、四季や行事、日々の光景を感じていただくことで、ひとときでも安らいでいただきたい。清水寺が仏教に触れる入り口となればという思いから今日まで続けております。そしてこれからも今の時代に求められる仏教、寺院の在り方を模索し続けていく所存です。


この映像をご覧いただいたみなさまには、清水寺との出会いに縁を感じ、小さくとも、今を、未来を生きる “希望”を感じていただけましたら幸いです。

[上映時間] 約20分間


These days, in light of what’s happening across the world, we cannot help but feel anxious about the future.
Amid such uncertainties, we at Kiyomizu-dera Temple have continued to pray for people’s comfort and enduring world peace, believing that our role is to serve as a steadfast anchor for those living in this moment.

The documentary film “KIYOMIZU – Cycle of blessings,” a feature of this exhibition, uses a large collection of videos captured by photographers for over a decade. We asked ourselves again about what Buddhism and our temple can do to stand by those who are living today. This time, we’ve reached the conclusion that crafting a film would be an effective way of expressing our thoughts.

This 20-minute film features commentaries from three Kiyomizu figures: Chief Priest Seihan Mori, Curator Teruhisa Sakai, and High Priest Eigen Onishi, as well as a collection of archival footage and scenes specially filmed for this documentary work. The soundtrack of this film was composed by Marihiko Hara, a Kyoto-based musician who works internationally. For the music, Lenzan Kudo plays the shakuhachi, a Japanese vertical bamboo flute.

Since 2012, we at Kiyomizu-dera Temple have continued to work on FEEL KIYOMIZUDERA, a project that captures the ever-changing moments of Kiyomizu through photography and video. As part of this project, photographers have recorded and archived countless aspects of the temple, including its seasonal beauty, rituals and events, and the daily landscape. We have continuously carried on this project for more than a decade to give the audience a moment of peace irrespective of national borders and language barriers, hoping to provide a good opportunity to experience the world of Buddhism. And we will continue to explore how Buddhism and the temple should be in this uncertain age.

This documentary film is to be shown at the temple’s Kyodo Hall in which a large-size screen is set up. The venue will be an immersive space where viewers can feel energy from each vivid scene.

We would be glad if those watching this film feel a connection with Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and feel some hope, if small, about living in the present and into the future.

Dates: January 19 (Fri) - February 4 (Sun), 2024
Hours: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Venue: Kyodo Hall, Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Duration: approx. 20 mins.
Admission: free of charge
*As always, an entrance fee is required to visit the Main Hall.

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