KOBE ROOTS NAWA art ceremony
1995.11 KOBE ROOTS,
JAPAN 500 Kobe citizens who suffered from the Great Hanshin earthquake collaborated to create a huge Nawa-rope column made of 10,000 old T-shirts. "The shirts formed a human body or a human soul," the artist explained. Each shirt was inscribed with a message of encouragement, sent from all over Japan, to help revivify the earthquake survivors. This Nawa column, titled "Kobe Roots,"( 8m high X 1m diameter) was erected by the earthquake survivors as a unifying symbol at Yuzuruha Shrine in Kobe. "Kobe Roots" was born from the collective strength of communities.
1996.1 KOBE ROOTS
KOBE ROOTS NAWA art ceremony, JAPAN Mariyo Yagi orchestrated a ritual burning of "Kobe Roots" as a form of Requiem to console the souls of those who died in the earthquake. Many earthquake survivors said that this burning ritual helped them to be at peace with those who perished, to accept their own survival without guilt, and to acknowledge the importance of their bondedness to one another. Out of the ashes of the burnt Nawa-column, Mariyo Yagi produced works of art as a physical symbol of the human connection that remains after a transformative event.
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I will never forget my visit to Kobe, my hometown, the day after the terrible earthquake of January 17th, 1995. The material and industrial wealth of the city was laid waste; concrete superstructures, metal girders, and plastic all were jumbled into a massive rubbish heap. I found that residents, torn from trappings of hyper-civilization, longed for connection to the water and the soil at the base of the urban city. I seek in my work to help foster these renewed connections in cities around the world, to help us re-discover the organic processes that bind us all to the Earth.
Earth below Sky above and NAWA connecting them?
In the Japanese language NAWA means rope or super cord.
However in the Tsugaru region of Northern Japan,
NA means “you” and WA means “I”.
“You” and “I” connecting the Earth and Sky - ls this strong sense of
Global Unity even possible?
History proves that devastating natural disasters unite people in a profoundly signiﬁcant way. Through contemplation of loss; people reevaluate, respect, and celebrate life. Uniting, rebuilding, picking up pieces, reassembling parts, people desperately search for recovery and wholeness from any Earth shattering experience.
Rope or Nawa is a strong symbol of unity. Small ﬁbers combine and link together
to create one strong and purposeful whole. Individuals must also link together and work collectively in order to create a whole, strong, and purposeful community.
"Today people don 't pay attention to small communities we emphasize
the whole over its parts. But the whole exists only as a result of those parts both are important and both must be equally woven into a single fabric especially if we really aim to achieve a truly Global society" declared artist, architect, and designer Mariyo Yagi. Born in Kobe on January,1948 and taking her ﬁrst steps in the Yuzuruha
Shrine forest, Mariyo among many others rediscovered their roots.
Ever since the devastating Earthquake, in Mikage, Kobe, Mariyo has been active in Kobe. She utilized the Earth quake experience as an opportunity for creating new grounds for exploring roots, re-evaluating priorities, celebrating the living, and creating a renewed respect for existence.
Government restored Kobe so quickly but lost the important factor of urban city.
It was a big chance to realize what the most important factor for urban citizens to live.
Just after the quake, I proposed a rope NAWA vital link project for the city of Kobe, but that never came through. Then I decided to do it as a requiem of ritual event for the victims and the earth at Yuzuruha Shrine where has CHINJYU no MORi where I grew up in this community of Kobe city.
Because people needed to heal the injured mental shock psychologically and also keep the memory about the moral of helping each other in the life of vast urban city.
In November l995, the Yuzuruha Sluine, in the Higashi-Nada district of Kobe, became the ideal site for environmental artist Mariyo Yagi’s vision, “KOBE ROOTS”.
There she organized a group of unsuspecting people. Inspiring local and national participation the group managed to successfully acquire and assemble 10,000 used T-shirts and other pieces of clothing. They combined them all together into a huge,
10 meter long/1 meter diameter rope or Nawa. "The people discussed every aspect of the rope, from the size to how to make it stand. . . . They heard a specialist talk about some technical -requirements, they knew how hard our work would be. . . without detailed technical instructions... .They 'd analyze each problem and discover the requirements and solutions themselves. ” replied Ms. Yagi during her NHK T.~V. and Internet Expo, interview in 1996.
Bursting through the Earth and twisting its way up to heaven the Nawa,
Kobe’s new roots stood strong.
January l7, I996, was the ﬁrst anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake.
In a manner that resembled a Daimonji Mountain Ceremony, consoling the spirits of ancestors, Mariyo Yagi, performed a ritual burning of the rope, Nawa. This burning ritual was performed to console the souls of those who perished in the quake.
Fire dragon Nawa spiraling through the sky inspires the mind to remember the power, the purpose, the sacredness of life, and the great connection between all living things, the Earth and the Heaven.
NAWALOG Y the breath of life that connects all living things.
Thespiraling Life Force Energy or Life
Voice that breathes through every living thing, from the atom to the
human, from the stars to the grasshopper.
NA WALOGY is timeless. It’s as old as the creation of the world where
we ﬁnd the imprint of its spiraling pattern in fossils such as ammonites, or in ancient
artifacts designed by primitive man.
Nawalogy is contemporary and pertinent to today revealing its
spiraling pattern in our DNA, science, and technology.
Nawalogy is as new as what is yet to come. From tornadoes to food to art and inspiration.From the invisible to the tangible.
•Nawalogy breathes in everything.
•January, 1996I light the tower of the large rope while 1,000 ropes of the KOBE ROOTS NAWA art ceremony requiem watch it. On the next morning, I collect ash of NAWA and leave a work as memory of spirits.
•Fire of the requiem(the Asahi News paper article evening paper sentence insertion)
•References: Article other publications) Washington Japan information center exhibition and lecture Hanshin Awaji great earthquake disaster of the Renaissance, Yagi Mariyo solo exhibition "Kobe roots memory" Washington Japanese Embassy Washington Japan clearing house