For 12 months filmmaker/adventurer Karin Muller traveled from one end of Japan to the other, living among the people and exploring Japan’s ancient cultural heritage and its modern ways.
Muller followed the dervish mountain cults as they undertook shamanistic austerities like fire walking, icy waterfall immersion and exorcism. She joined a samurai mounted archery team and learned how to handle a longbow on a galloping horse. She filmed the sacred art of sword making under a 24th generation master and made a 900-mile pilgrimage in the footsteps of Japan’s most famous saint.
The result is “JapanLand,” another in the series of Travel Adventures presented by the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada. The film will provide a rare glimpse behind the tatemai, or external image, to see the honne, or true inner character of Japan.