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Dec072015

Autumn in Gokusho, Hakata

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is from Fukuoka City's website, something I translated years ago:

"Matsushita hails from a family of carpenters who specialized in building shrines and temples. The opportunity to start a career as a lighting designer also came about through working with sacred buildings. 'The way shrines and temples take in light is very good,' says Matsushita. 'It's difficult for a woman to get involved in shrine and temple carpentry, but then it dawned on me that even a woman like me could work with light.'

"Matsushita is the general producer of the Gokusho Light Up Walk, an event held every autumn in which the historical temples in Gokusho are beautifully illuminated. Areas, which are normally off limits, are opened to the public and bathed in dreamy light. It has become a popular event at which visitors can experience Fukuoka's eternal history. 'The Gokusho area is an area no one normally ventures into at night,' says the lighting designer. 'Jôten-ji, however, is where Hakata ori (textiles), udon and soba originated. Tôchô-ji was founded by Kôbô-Daishi (also known as Kûkai), who was a Buddhist monk, scholar, poet, and artist. And, Myôraku-ji has a long connection to the merchants of Hakata. There are so many marvelous treasures sleeping there. I wish more people could realize how beautiful it is.' Matsushita hopes the festival will continue for a hundred years, growing ever livelier at the hands of ordinary people."

 

 

 

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