Gagaku, literally graceful tunes, is Japanese ancient music and dances, mostly performed in shrines in royal occasions today. The most fundamental instruments in gagaku are three wind instruments - sho, hichiriki and ryuteki. Sho looks like a mini pipe organ consisting of 17 bamboo pipes. Hichiriki is a reed-like instrument made of rackered bamboo with 7 holes on the front and 2 on the back. It is the most used instument in gagaku. Ryuteki, dragon flute, is a 7-hole flute with 2-octave range. It is said that Sho represents the sound of heaven - sunlight coming through the clouds, Hichiriki, sound of the earth – human voice, and ryuteki, sound of the sky – a dragon flying through the sky. Together, they represent the sound of the Universe. The soundscape of the University, seemingly imaginative emerges, as we stand As we stand on top of the Oishi-yama Mountain, the soundscape of the universe emerges.
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Hatenashi– the mountain range to the right is named Hatenashi, endless. As we reach this point at the end of an all-day walk, the name of the mountain feels right. If we drove or flew into the area, however, the endlessness of the land might not be sensed.
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Oto-matsuri is a fire festival held annually on 6 February in Shingu, at the southern end of Kii Peninsula, Wakayama Prefecture. It is in a sense a secret/sacred men’s business held at the Kamikura Shrine, whose deity is a large rock Kotobiki on top of the hill. Steep stone steps (538 steps) lead up to the rock from the shrine. Over 2000 men, young and old, dressed in white traditional costume walk up to the rock at dusk after visiting 3 local shrines in town. They carry a wooden torch - they bang each other's torch as they pass by on the way to the shrine. The gate to the hill-top rock closes around 7pm. Several messengers ran down to a small shrine half-way down the hill and receive sacred fire, which they take back up to the waiting crowd. The fire travels slowly through the crowd, lighting the torch carried by men until the whole hill top is lit with orange glow. Every now and then, roar rises from the eagerly waiting crowd echo through the valley. Then a sudden silence fell, and with a big roar, the gate opens and several lights descend the hill, like a shooting star. Some young compete to be the first one to reach the shrine gate, and others descend slowly, negotiating the uneven steps dimly lit by the fire. The festival is said to have 1400 year history, since a deity descended onto the rock. A site where gods descend/reside is kan-nabi, and in Japan’s traditional beliefs sites could be any natural places - a tree, forest, mountain, rock, river, waterfall…. Nachi Waterfall nearby is one of the well known kan-nabi, included in the 2004 world heritage nomination “Sacred sites and pilgrimage routes in the Kii Mountain Range”.
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