To the Land of Izumo
Fascinated by the Sacred Water of Manai
In Japanese mythology, it is said that the deity Okuninushi no Okami was the one who first cultivated and built Japan. He is enshrined at Izumo Taisha, which is located in Shimane prefecture and is considered one of the most important shrines in Japan.
In July 2021, life brought Rinsen to this sacred place. The moment Rinsen stepped on the land of Izumo, she felt the rising energy coming right through her feet and embraced her inner spiritual (hara) connection. Although she had never been to Izumo before, she felt like she was welcomed back.
Upon the arrival, Rinsen was also fascinated by Manai no Shimizu, a spring water spouting from Mikage mountain. Manai no Shimizu is special not only because it is selected as one of the exquisite and well-conserved waters in Japan, but also because it is used for sacred rituals at Izumo Taisha.
Rinsen felt a strong urge to live by Manai no Shimizu so that she can use the water to both purify herself and to make sumi ink for her calligraphy work.
Rinsen had now moved her work base to Izumo, setting up her own studio at a traditional-style Japanese house she found near Izumo Taisha.