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"I found that modern Būshi would be the perfect subject to put my heart into. Though many aspects of Japanese culture have been appreciated by the Western world, the Būshi tradition remains virtually unknown outside of Japan. Since my family had been in the Buddhist furniture and statues business for so long, I had access to the Būshi world. I knew my Japanese identity would allow me to make a movie few others could, and believed my American sensibility help me share it effectively with a Western audience."
How To Complete An Innovative Documentary: Strategies From Filmmaker Yujiro Seki, Creator Of Carving The Divine
By Authority Magazine
"As a Japanese person, I felt that I had a responsibility to tell an authentic story of Japan, especially if the subject is about 1400 years of tradition. This is the precise reason why I took my time to complete Carving the Divine. I captured a tremendous amount of footage and organizing it was a pure nightmare. But, as I patiently made revision after revision, I felt great for so many years of work coming together."
The Way of the Būshi Bridging Past and Present, East and West
By Discover Nikkei: Japanese Migrants and their Descendants
"These sculptures created by būshi are not mere crafts. They have a deep spiritual connection to the collective Japanese psyche. So if I can use skills, gained by straddling continents and cultures, to bridge peoples and preserve and enrich the spiritual significance of these sculptures, that would be a fantastic accomplishment, and one that will go far in mending my divided identity." (Spanish and Portuguese languages are available)
By Thrive Global
“I wanted to make something that speaks to my soul and to the world. I wanted to make a piece of work that would last long after I die. This is when I decided to work on the subject about the Buddhist sculptors of Japan, Būshi.”