Anthropological Filmmaking in Noto Peninsula

John Wells (Filmmaker)

This presentation highlights the film-making process behind our recording of the Aenokoto ritual and its relation to media usage in general at this and similar events in the Noto Peninsula. The aim of this presentation is to think about the relationship of digital media and ritual performance in Japan. How have bodies moving with cameras and the desire to record become integral aspects of ritual performance in contemporary Japan? We will briefly discuss this issue in the context of Aenokoto and draw connections with clips from other films made in Noto by the same filmmaker to provide greater regional context.

Part of 06-12 Observing Ritual: Invisible Gods, Tourists, and Ethnographic Filmmaking in Japan, Friday, November 03, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm