The Sacrifice of Kannon (Goddess of Mercy)

The Heart and Spirit of a Buddhist Sculptor

Kyoichi Shinagawa(著)









This legend has been handed down over generations at Anaoji Temple in Kameoka city, Kyoto pref., Japan. This tale is included in the “Kanjaku monogatari-shu (The Collected tales of Times Now Past )”-a famous Japanese classical literary masterpiece. This temple is also welcoming its1300th founding anniversary in 2018.
Kameoka city, it is surrounded by mountains on all fours sides and known for its clean spring water and the Hozugawa River boat rides. There are also many sightseeing spot like the Yunohana Hot Springs, a lifelong learning, and so on.
By the way, this picture book was re-told and drawn with European pastels on colored Japanese washi paper. As such, it is the products of collaboration between the West and the East.
It has been translated into German by Mr. Matsumura and exhibited at Salz Church in Tangermünde city from July 2nd to August 31st, 2017 as one of the donations from Japan for “Cultural Exchange Project Europe-Japan”. This church is situated on about 80km west of Berlin,Germany.
During the exhibition period, this picture book was also presented to Knittelfeld city i.e. Kameoka‛s sister-city in Austria, by the mayor of Kameoka city, Mr.Takahiro Katsuragawa. It was also presented to Sankt Pölten city where the headquarters of the Austrian Karate Federation is located, as part of a gift celebrating Kameoka city‛s designation as a Host Town for the Austrian Karate team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
I am sincerely grateful to be able to participate in the exhibition held in the Republic of Malta, a World Cultural and Natural Heritage site and as of 2018, a “European Capital of Culture.”

Thank you very much.

Kyoichi Shinagawa