©Liku M. Takahashi
Prayer (The study of school days)
1992 / installation / glass / 0.5×0.8×0.5(m)
What do we feel when we die?
At the moment when a soul is released from the body, things you have learned in this life will be condensed to the essence and will be engraved in your soul as "learning" at last.
A reincarnating soul will remember the joy of gaining new body while seeing the sunrise, and will remember the dignity of learning upon death while seeing the sunset.Even today, the elders in Japan's countryside pray for every sunset as if they unconsciously prepare to add "appreciation to all" into the things to be engraved in their souls.
In Tibet, lamas pray for the dead for 49 days so that the soul can be engraved with the learning and can be guided to the next step.