After the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, I saw 60 meter piles of now useless items that would never go back to the earth. I thought about how we could survive with just the soil, water and sun, and became more conscious about how things connect to each other.
From 2012, I have been conducting workshops at the site of a 2,000 year old civilization ruins in my town of Shizuoka City. The 6-month workshops involve creating cooking vessels from the ruin’s soil, growing rice in its rice paddies and finally cooking the rice in the pots. In 2015, the vessels were also fired using straw grown on the same land creating a total experience provided by one piece of the earth and connecting us to our past.
Also in the 2015, 2 groups of participants had an argument over the water in rice paddies and we saw the beginnings of society. After the harvest, people started to claim their share. Rice is a food but it is also a seed. A single seed of rice can produce about 2,000 seeds. Rice and seeds were valued differently. We also saw how economics started.
Since 2017, we are trying to build our own house with a straw roof and cedar trees.
There are marks of leaves at the bottom of pots from remains. I have proved how ancestors made pots in 2,000 years ago.
“a leaf from 2,000 years ago ” (video, 05:44 mins)