Ushima—island of the moon

Since ancient times, the moon has had a strong influence on human beings. The moon has played a particularly important role in shaping Japanese culture. This is reflected in such artefacts as Japan’ s traditional lunar calendar, the names given to months, the custom of moon viewing, the importance of the seasons, and the traditional themes of natural beauty in Japanese aesthetics. Humans have been very adept at drawing toward themselves the powerful energies they observe within nature.

In Ushima, we have reexamined the relationship between the moon and people’ s daily lives something that was starting to be forgotten. By working with care, one of our aims is to help reintegrate the role of people within nature’ s cycles.