The story of gratitude from wolves, 2017,
© Michiko Hayashi / Hodophylax - The Guardian of the Path
Mitsumine Shinryo Minka, 2017,
© Michiko Hayashi / Hodophylax - The Guardian of the Path
Upper Jaw and Upper Jaw Part of a Japanese Wolf, 2017,
© Michiko Hayashi / Hodophylax - The Guardian of the Path

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.

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  • Talk Session (Language: Japanese)
  • Michiko Hayashi × Daido Moriyama (photographer)
  • Oct 27 Sat. 14:00-15:00
  • Venue: FUJIFILM SQUARE
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  • 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