As promised, Tomoko Yamada directed the photo shoot that took place at the Japanese Cemetery in Broome.
Emulating the historical photograph of Yasukichi Murakami and his friends taken on the eve of the Bon celebrations sometime in the late 1920’s or early 1930’s, Tomoko stood in place of the buddhist priest who was present, myself in place of Murakami, my friend Cauline Masuda, the oldest daughter of the oldest Japanese former pearl diver in Broome Akira Masuda, Tomoko’s friends Yurie Tamagawa, Mia Tucker and Michiyo Tucker stood by Takazo (Tomasi) Nishioka’s grave.
Strange how one thing leads to another unexpected turn of events. In search of Murakami has lead me to collaborate with Tomoko to create this contemporary photograph of Japanese diasporic women in Broome.
Then as a result of this photo shoot I have decided to organise a fundraising event at my friends’ Yuga Cafe & Gallery in Glebe, Sydney so that a Japanese buddhist priest could travel to Broome to read a sutra and hold a kuyo ceremony during the next Bon season.
The Japanese Cemetery in Broome is in need of a buddhist priest.
– Posted by Mayu Kanamori
Did you find a Buddhist priest, Mayu? I know that Obon has just passed now for 2012, but I am an ordained Shingon Buddhist priest, having been ordained in Koyasan in 2002, now living in Perth and I would like to be involved in undertaking kuyo for any Japanese who passed away in Australia. Please contact me to discuss this further. Thank you for your interesting blog.
So wonderful to hear from you. Its great to hear that you can be involved in kuyo ceremonies for Japanese people buried in Australia. So, so wonderful, Cate. I have been to Koyasan. It is a beautiful place. There are so many Japanese graves in Australia, especially in WA. I have sent you an email to continue dialogues. Mayu
We managed to find and a send a Buddhist priest for Obon this year!
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