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須田郡司VOICE OF STONEプロジェクト公式サイト




須田郡司VOICE OF STONEプロジェクト公式サイト
[PROFILE:GUNJI SUDA ]

Born Gunma,Japan,Educated Ryukyu University. Encountering the Utaki shrines of Okinawa, he fell under the spell of ancient rock sanctuaries . He began to undertake pilgrimages to sacred places in both his native Japan and around the world . Between 2003 and 2006, he focused on a long pilgrimage to the sacred stones of Japan. To this day, he continues to hunt for rocks with mythical associations and those with strong connections to the world of man. From 2004, he has been giving illustrated talks throughout Japan on the subject of rock sanctuaries and the stories they tell. In 1999, he published “VOICE OF STONE”(Shinkigensha,Tokyo). In 2008,he pubulished “ROCK SANCTUARIES IN PRIMEVAL JAPAN”(PARAD BOOKS, Osaka), “NIHON ISHI JUNREI”(Nikkeishinbun・syuppansha, Tokyo)
Website : www.sudagunji.com



[ABOUT VOICE OF STONE PROJECT]

The purpose of this project is to communicate the broad culture and the existence of stones to the people living today, by referring to the stones related to the life of people, the continuing ancient animistic belief in stones, the traditions and legends, and the unique geological landscapes of them.
By exploring the culture of stones as a primitive fundamental culture of the earth, one will be able to face the opportunity to understand the diversity of living beings and to realize how mankind could coexist and harmonize with nature. I believe that stones lead the way to link the ancient and the future.
My mission is to introduce the significance of the existence of stone culture to the general public, specifically through “Story-telling of Stones” (slide-lecture), photo exhibitions, book publishing, and magazine articles. This is motivated by my sense of crisis: disappearance of the culture of stones in various locations in Japan, and the fact that this culture may become abandoned.
In the current wave of world globalization, somehow disparities between nations still widen and there are no signs of disputes vanishing. Mankind seems to be retrograding instead of evolving for the better. I think one of the reasons would be that many of us are losing the spirit of awe towards nature, land and earth.
Nowadays, I strongly believe that we have got to seize back the spirit of awe towards stones, focusing on the key phrase “Listening to the silent voice of stones”, to really exist as global citizens. Stones related to the life of people have deeply inspired us with their associated beliefs and legends from ancient times. We can learn the cross-border culture of stones by exploring the beliefs of rocks and stones worshipped for centuries, and the legends of historical/cultural significance. If we assume the earth as one massive stone, we will see the culture of stones has an important role to make us realize that we are actually being kept alive by the earth, and that we have no boundaries of nations or race.

<Missions of “Voice of Stone”>
1. To explore, visit, photograph, and interview the local sights of stones, rocks, megaliths, and rocks with traditions, legends and especially worshipped both in Japan and abroad.
2. To make a comparative study of the relationship between the similarities of the shapes of rocks and the differences of traditions/legends that come with it.
3. To expand my activity of “Story-telling of Stones” (slide-lecture) and familiarize the knowledge of the culture of rocks to educational facilities and general public.
4. To introduce the Japanese culture of rocks in various countries as an international exchange by holding photo exhibitions and “Story-telling of Stones”.
5. To create “Stone Location Map (tentative)” based by regions in Japan and offer to schools as educational material.

I completed a three-year project named “Voice of Stone Pilgrimage in Japan” to explore the Japanese culture of stones from 2003 until 2006. The purposes of “Voice of Stone Pilgrimage in Japan” are as follows:

1. To photograph and record the numerous stones, rocks, megaliths, and caves located throughout Japan.
2. To gather various traditions and legends connected to these stones and survey the relationship with people.
3. To provide opportunities of interaction with the locals through stones. (photo exhibitions and “Story-telling of Stones”)

Throughout my three-year journey, I met with over 1,000 stone sights. With this experience, I came to wonder if there’s any correlation between the culture of stones in Japan and that of the world, and if so, how.
This is how I became to have this strong passion to send out the Japanese culture of stones to the world, and to research the global image of the stone culture around the world. This is why I made up my mind to go for “Voice of Stone Pilgrimage around the World” starting from the spring of 2009 for about 12 months.

I am planning “Voice of Stone Pilgrimage around the World”, an one-year journey starting on April 1st, to cover stones and rocks that have inspired people.
In the current wave of world globalization, mankind somehow seems to retrograde instead of evolving for the better. If we assume the earth as one massive stone, If we assume the earth as one massive stone, we will see the culture of stones has an important role to make us realize that we are actually being kept alive by the earth, and that we have no boundaries of nations or race.
“Voice of Stone Pilgrimage around the World” will visit, photograph, and research numerous inspirational stones and rocks scattered over the world. The main purpose of this journey is to explore the culture of stones as a primitive fundamental culture of the earth, to understand the diversity of living beings, and to observe lizettonal munitiy.ocksr us human beings to coexist with nature.nd by collecting numerous traditions and legends of rocks, Ihow mankind could coexist and harmonize with nature. This will introduce various “stone landscapes” around the world to the general public, and send out the message to the next generation that the correlation of stones and people will never change despite the alterations of place or time. Through this activity, I also will contribute to the expansion of international exchange through stones, which actually are the memory of the earth.
Courtesies and assistance you would kindly extend to this project would be most appreciated.



[Purpose of “Voice of Stone Pilgrimage around the World”]

I have photographed and researched stones and megaliths with traditions and legends both in Japan and abroad for nearly 20 years, the theme being stones related to the life of people.
People have had deep relationship with stones ever since the Stone Age. Stones as tools, buildings, ancient tombs, gravestones, megaliths… The culture of stones was closely related to the everyday life of people. Therefore, to learn about these stones will lead us to understand the lifestyle of our ancestors from long ago.
I completed a three-year project named “Voice of Stone Pilgrimage in Japan” to explore the Japanese culture of stones from 2003 until 2006. The most striking founding was that although some stones are cherished and protected by the locals, others are destroyed for exploitation. After seeing this, I came to bear a strong sense of crisis that this precious culture of stones may become abandoned.
In the current wave of world globalization, the number of disputes is not decreasing and there are no signs of disparities between nations vanishing. Mankind seems to be even retrograding instead of evolving for the better. One of the reasons would be that many of us are loosing the spirit of awe towards nature, the environment where we live.
Our ancestors had lived with nature with the feelings of awe, prayer, and gratitude. They had nurtured their belief in stones not by opposing to the nature but by coexisting with it, seeing it as great being.
I will be visiting about 50 countries, over 100 locations during “Voice of Stone Pilgrimage around the World”. By exploring the beliefs in stones having lasted for centuries, and gathering numerous traditions and legends of stones of historical significance, I aim to recover the way for us, human beings, to coexist with nature.
This project aims to communicate and recover the culture of stones filled with ancient wisdom to modern times, through animistic view of the significance of stones. To explore the culture of stones as a primitive fundamental culture of the earth, I would like to contribute to the understanding of the diversity of living beings, and mutual understanding of the global community.
I believe that stones lead the way to link the ancient, the present, and the future.
Shall we listen to the silent voices from the stones…

by Gunji Suda



[Asking for Donation and Cooperation]

Wishing to carry down the vanishing culture of stones to the next generation, I would like to expand my activity to the world by starting my journey “Voice of Stone Pilgrimage around the World”. For that, I would like to ask for your kind support as donation to my mission of linking the culture of stones in Japan and abroad. Your kind donation and cooperation will be greatly appreciated, as you go through the materials of this Pilgrimage and have some feelings of connection. Thank you in advance for your generous contribution and understanding.


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