• Director: Yujiro Seki
  • Country: Japan / USA
  • Year: 2019

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The magnificent 1400-year-old Buddhist wood-carving tradition is hanging on, barely, in a rapidly changing Japan. Struggling to preserve the craft are its practitioners, among them Master Koun Seki. Carving the Divine offers a close look at the artistry, intention, and dedication that goes into the craft, and follows Seki as he strives to preserve the craft for future generations. (Read a Tricycle interview with the director here.)

This film will be available to stream until 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, December 29, 2023.

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Photographs courtesy of Yujiro Seki

Yamada Butsuzo
Director Yujiro Seki
Bisyamontenzou work by Koun Seki
Jizo Carving
Director Yujiro Seki
Seki and Saito
Syakanyoraizou Work by Koun Seki
Yamabushi walking
Seki Senior and Aoki
Monks praying
Monk walking
Koun Bussho