In March 2011, Japan experienced a big disaster, the Great East Japan Earthquake.
About 20 thousand people were killed this earthquake and tsunami.
Through my visits to the disaster-stricken areas following the Great East Japan Earthquake, I witnessed many people praying towards the sea. And that inspired me to start this project devoted to prayer.
Praying brings our minds tranquility and peace. It also gives us hope to live.
As being proven in medical world, praying might have a special power. It is said that praying makes plants grow up fast, or works for human genome with healing power. It is not easy to reveal why praying is so effective, but I am trying to express the hidden energy of prayer in my photographs.
When I witness prayer in,damaged area , I remember the speech of the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. He said , “This planet does not need more successful people.
The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds.”
I would add to the Dalai Lama’s list prayer. For me prayer is essential to achieving peace.
It is prayer that gives peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers strength.
Prayers are not just for the survivors of disasters but for everyone. It gives us all strength and hope.
I cannot rebuild the life of survivors.
But I can cast a stone into the waters and to create many ripples.
My stone is this project [ Border]
I am trying to express the hidden energy of prayer in my photographs.