Culture & Tradition
Islands of the Tiny Gods
- The spirit of Japanese hospitality has been nurtured through the age-old spiritual connection of its people with myriads of unique gods. Watching over rice cultivation is the god of rice fields. After the harvest, farmers invite this god into their homes for a meal. In northern areas with heavy snow, the mountain god comes down once a year to the villages. This menacing god is enough to make children scream in terror, but the residents still invite it into their homes for a meal out of reverence.
Whether it's a forest, a river or a rock, the Japanese have always revered nature, the source of both blessings and disasters, as they believe that gods dwell in everything. Using divinely beautiful 4K images, this program allows viewers to sense the slightly mysterious yet delightful relationships between Japanese people and their tiny gods.