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.


Production: Mathieu Le Lay Productions
Year: 2015
Featuring: Kosho Tateishi
Shot, Edited & Directed by: Mathieu Le Lay
Music: Original soundtrack by Oliver Dowie

Vimeo Staff Pick
3rd Prize in Religious Tourism – Finisterra Arrábida Film Art & Tourism Festival, Portugal, 2016
Best Film in Religious Tourism – Zagreb Tourfilm Festival, Croatia, 2016
Grand Price – Baku International Tourism Film Festival, Azerbaïdjan, 2017
1st Prize in Culture Tourism – International Istanbul Tourism Film Festival, Turkey, 2018



Official festival selections
The Riga International Festival of Tourism Films 2016, Latvia
Finisterra Arrábida Film Art & Tourism Festival 2016, Portugal
Zagreb Tourfilm Festival 2016, Croatia
Baku International Tourism Film Festival 2017, Azerbaïdjan
International Istanbul Tourism Film Festival 2018, Turkey


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