九品仏 淨眞寺参道
Kuhonbutsu Promenade





九品仏 淨眞寺参道
世田谷
7 月 11 日


Kuhombutsu Promenade

Setagaya, JP
July 11 // 2021

Because the Kuhonbutsu Sando is such a prominant and well-loved neighborhood site, we returned for a second day of walks with the Voice Monuments.

We were fortunate to have several volunteers help carry the Voice Monuments during the afternoon.   Honomi san, who has generously served as the project’s cultural translator, shared her reflections about her experience that day.

記念碑運びの独り言

A Monument Mover’s Notes


鏡のようで透明な不思議な物体を一体ずつ運ぶ私たちを、不思議そうに見つめる人々。嵐がやってくる前の日曜の午後の晴れ間、九品仏浄真寺の参道を行き交う人々、公園に集う親子連れの合間を縫って、この日もゆっくりまち歩き。

On a sunny Sunday afternoon, just before a thunderstorm, we were back for another meditative walk on the Kuhombutsu Sando, strolling along with local visitors and families.As we carried the mirror-like, transparent objects one by one, people looked at us with curiosity, eyeing our unusual load.






「これは何ですか?」


“What are you carrying?”




「『津波石』ってご存知ですか?」


“Have you heard of tsunami ishi (stones)?”



記念碑の重みを腕から肩に感じながら、私は聞き返す。『つなみいし』ときいてすぐにピンとくる人には、世田谷ではあまり出会わない。津波によって打ち上げられた岩を石碑として残し、また来るかもしれない津波の凄まじさを後世に伝えるためのもの、と説明すると「あー、聞いたことあります!」という返事が返ってくる。

Feeling the weight of the monuments, I respond with this question. Not many people we meet in Setagaya recognize the word “Tsunami ishi” right away. Tsunami storms are not common here. So I continue to explain that this refers to rocks that were heaved and deposited by tsunami, then left as a monument, warning descendents of destructive waves that may come again. To this, I almost always receive the response, “Ooh! I’ve heard of something like that.”









Also on this day, our neighbor and friend Sugimoto san joined our walk.  He is part of the volunteer festival crew at Akasaka Hikawa Shrine, the site of our first walk.  Because this festival has again been cancelled due to the COIVD-19 pandemic, he was eager to wear his happi, the traditional short coat worn during festivals. During the festival, he helps carry the very heavy floats that honor local spirits and gods.

June and July are part of Japan’s summer rainy season.  Though the day started out with clear skies, ominous clouds gathered by the early afternoon. The thunder and rain didn’t diminish Sugimoto san’s enthusiasm to carry the ‘Koe No Kinen Hi’ Voice Monuments

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