Kumano is a region in Japan where Shugendo, the Way of ascetic training and testing in holy mountains, has been practised for over a thousand years. This entire short film was shot there. It shows Yamabushi monk Kosho Tateishi, a Master and Teacher of Shugendo, during prayer rituals performed in the wild and at his temple. In his spiritual practices, Kosho is in visceral contact with the elements (earth, water, fire, wind) and in fusion with sacred Nature. The experience of Life through the physical senses awakes our consciousness and ultimately leads to enlightenment in this very body.

Directed, filmed & edited by Mathieu Le Lay

Music by Oliver Dowie
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Official film festival selections
The Riga International Festival of Tourism Films 2016, Latvia
Finisterra Arrábida Film Art & Tourism Festival 2016, Portugal
Zagreb Tourfilm Festival 2016, Croatia


© Mathieu Le Lay Productions – 2015