Life of Nene Wafts through the Dark NightNight Lighting at Kodaiji Temple, Kyoto
Kodaiji Temple in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, held a test run of its projection mapping, in which images are projected on the Hojo front garden, on October 18, prior to its special autumn evening admission which opened from October 21. Images representing the life of Kita no Mandokoro, who is also known as Nene, the wife of Hideyoshi Toyotomi and the founder of Kodaiji Temple, were projected in the precincts at night.
The projection runs about three and a half minutes. Images of ghosts which are featured in the scroll painting "Hyakki Yako Emaki," owned by Kodaiji Temple, were shown. The scene with ghosts running around on white sands and white walls, lets viewers imagine the war-torn era in which Nene lived. In addition, guardian dragons and gods of Buddhism, as well as a halo representing a state of enlightenment appear in the scene, depicting the peaceful later part of Nene's life which she spent at Kodaiji Temple.
Yasuo Kitayama, the Japanese landscape architect who supervised the image, said, "We want visitors to think about their own agitated or peaceful minds as they watch the projection." The special evening opening will continue until December 10. There is an admission fee.(Translated by Mie Hiuzon, Psyche et l’Amour, Inc.)