In this area, there was a belief that the soul has mysterious spiritual effects. It was a form of belief in the early days, and when a soul dwells on things, it was believed to have the power to create. The soul was called the Musubi.
Since 1991, all the titles of the works that I created have had the name of Ubusuna. Ubusuna is considered to be the place where the spirits dwell. I wanted to know where the ubusuna are and what kind of form they have, so I continued to make sculptural works as well as continuing my fieldwork. However, after repeatedly making productions and walking, I realized that the ubusuna do not have a specific form in a specific place, so I stopped creating forms. After that I visited from place to place to see the ubusuna while carrying a camera, and I visited the lands they inhabit.
This work was created in the forest around Lake Hamana on a rainy day. Its rainwater will eventually reach the South Ocean, lifting a small boat which crosses the sea to a remote island to the height of the waves, and violently striking them at the bottom again and again. As raindrops hit my cheeks, I repeatedly thought of an image of such a “far off ocean”. Since 2003, I have walked around Lake Hamana and went up several small rivers which flow into the lake. I will continue to travel around on foot.