The Japanese wolf, now said to be extinct for over 100 years, was once revered as an avatar and messenger of the mountain kami deities. In the mountainous wilds of Oku Chichibu and Oku Tama that skirt the far western edge of Tokyo, one can still find evidence of the wolf worship that once flourished there — a prospect that fascinates Michiko Hayashi. With camera in hand, she has hiked the dark wooded hills to seek out traces of the wolf in an attempt to visualize the lore and legends surrounding this feared and sacred animal. Just what was the wolf to ancient Japanese mountain folk? How did they interact with wolves? These quiet yet immediate works are sure to evoke deep primitive emotions.
Michiko Hayashi was born in Tokyo. She studied aesthetics and art history at Tokyo University of the Arts. Hayashi encountered figures including Eiko Hosoe and Daido Moriyama in the photography workshop “CORPUS” in which she participated during her time working in advertising at a corporate firm. After leaving the corporate world she studied at the Department of Photography at Tokyo Polytechnic University, and began her career as a freelance photographer in 2001. Hayashi engages in photography projects that thematically center on the connections and disconnections between human beings and nature. In 2016 she participated in the photobook-making workshop “Photobook as Object”, organized by Reminders Photographic Stronghold. In 2017 she released her own self-published photobook on Japanese wolf titled Hodophylax: The Guardian of the Path. In 2018 she received the “FUJIFILM AWARD” for the same work at the KYOTOGRAPHIE Portfolio Review.
- Talk Session (Language: Japanese)
- Michiko Hayashi × Daido Moriyama (photographer)
- Oct 27 Sat. 14:00-15:00
- Venue: FUJIFILM SQUARE
- Events require booking from following application.
- FUJIFILM SQUARE
7-3 Akasaka, 9-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0052, Japan (Tokyo Midtown)
Directly connected to Hibiya Line “Roppongi” station underground passage
Directly connected to Oedo Line “Roppongi” station from exit 8
Chiyoda Line “Nogizaka” station. 5 min on foot from exit 3