The Wishing Tree

Since ancient times, the Japanese people have believed that our world is full of gods and spirits which dwell in every tree and rock, in fact, in all things.

The religious beliefs of Shintoism are strongly based on the sheer awe, love and respect for nature. It is believed that these spirits that surround us are responsible for protecting the natural world.

Human activity has created pollution and global warming, which now threatens the delicate balance of nature.

The time has come for people to act in a positive way to help preserve the natural world around us.

"The wishing tree" was believed to make peoplefs wishes come true
But now it is we who must listen to and fulfill the wishes of the tree
Until the time comes when nature no longer need our help
Shinnra Banshou : This means all things in the universe

Yaoyorozu no Kami : This means a great number of gods

Tobusa Tate : Tobusa Tate is a ceremony that shows the symbiotic relationship between people and forests. When a tree has been cut down to build a boat, people put the branch with leaves into the trunk in order to show appreciation and to bless the forest and show a wish to restore the treefs life

Photo ^ KEIJO SUNDVALL

Photo ^ Helsinki Art Museum