South Island has an island for the dead. It is called Ou Island. There are about other seven small islands with this name, which are thought to be connected to the mainland. Ou means yellow and sometimes it also means Ao (blue). The word also relates to "Afu". Afu is related to Ahu (similar in meaning) in the Ainu language, and it is related to Ahi or Awai (the middle land) in Japanese. Ahu on the South Island is considered to be an intermediate place to head for the celestial world, and the Ainu word ahun₋ru₋par is believed to mean the entrance to the afterlife.
South Island is not the only island that has an island for the dead. Lake Hamana, located near my birthplace, also has such an island. In the northern part of the lake, in the Okuhamanako area, there are several beautiful bays that are curved like a magatama (a comma‐shaped bead). K, which is also known as a tourist destination, has a fairly large inlet, and there is an elliptical mountain with a circumference of about 500m projecting from the tip of the inlet.
This mountain is now connected to land, but once it was an island. There is a shrine and a Soto-sect temple on the southern slope of the mountain, and there is a 1500-year-old burial mound directly above the shrine. Furthermore, there are several megaliths laid on the top of the mountain. We can see a composition where ancient Iwakura worship(megalithic worship)
started at the upper part of the mountain, and as the eras went by, from the Kofun period, the Middle Ages, and the early modern times, the sanctuary has stood in the lower place. Even today, this place is overlapped with images of dead figures. The bodies of people who died in this lake actually flow into the rocky shores of the northern coast of the island.
Only the small mountain in K and its surroundings were pictured in this photograph and exhibited. It is not just an actual scene, but I revised it to express the shadow of the island, or the vestige of the island.