Linked to YouTube video.
Quoting from the introduction to the program on the NHK World VOD site:
In the mountain village of Monobe, located in eastern Kochi Prefecture, a folk belief called Izanagi-ryu has been passed down for generations. Izanagi-ryu harmoniously blends elements of Shintoism, Buddhism and folk religions in a rare style of prayer.
Traveler Alessandra Lupi discovers the world of this mysterious belief system. She visits the residence of a tayu; tayu are mentors or leaders of Izanagi-ryu. And, she learns about its religious art and how to make a ritual paper tool called gohei. She also gets to study its Mai Kagura ritual dance. Gradually, after a walk along an ancient Salt Road and farmhouse inn stay, Alessandra gets a sense of how Izanagi-ryu plays an organic role in the rural community.
Video Source: NHK WORLD-JAPAN
Some images from the video:
|Monobe. (Photo credit: www3.nhk.or.jp)|
|Salt Road Walk. (Photo credit: www3.nhk.or.jp)|
The highlights of this journey including a Travel log, can be read at: