やがて、鹿は人となる／やがて、人は鹿となる Eventually, Deer Become Men / Eventually, Men Become Deer
（「やがて、鹿は人となる／やがて、人は鹿となる」、「Elnias Forest」展＠Reborn-Art Festival 2019 会場テキストより抜粋）
For more than three hundred years, the folklore dance culture: “Shi-shi Odori (Deer Dance)” has been spread in variations and inherited over the wide region of Tohoku. Early in May, 2019, at Ofunato city in Iwate prefecture and Minami Sanriku town in Miyagi prefecture, I visited the members of several organizations who have cooperated to preserve those folk traditions to the present. They gave me opportunities to accompany with the parade of “Shi-shi Odori” to each of the individual houses in some local areas. Also they shared the knowledge with me on their characteristic costumes including ornaments and musical instruments etc. As a form of folk performing arts, eight players as deer demonstrate a brave and dynamic dance to the public. However, I was convinced that their another important role was to perform religious ceremony in the local community, when I observed their ritual form of prayer to recite calmly the traditional chant of requiem for ancestors and to hold a memorial service for all the spirits.
Later, in Ishinomaki city, I walked in the forest with a hunter. He introduced me to a slope where we supposed that a male deer must have been there for a moment ago. Sensing a hint of his presence around us, we smelled his scent in the air to follow him. Actually it lead us to the hidden trail of wild deer. On the way of tracing that track, marks on the surface of trees which deer carved with antlers attracted our notice as a sign. Eventually, I found a tree in the ray of sunlight casting a gaze towards me. To correspond to it, I presented an antler of deer in my hand to the forest, in return.
（Text from Eventually, Deer Become Men / Eventually, Men Become Deer exhibition at Reborn-Art Festival 2019）
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