High in the mountains of Sakurai, Nara Province, there is an old Kannon temple where a nun, Goto Mitsuei, has lived since the 1970s. In this remote hillside temple she grows, prepares and cooks her food, living closely in touch with nature.
Although a long walk uphill many people visit, from the village, from the province and from all across Japan, especially at festival time, which includes the monthly Kannon festival.
Mitsuei lives very happily, accepting the changing seasons as they come, including the restrictions during Covid, the ebb and flow of visitors, and her own old age, and she strikes me as someone who is deeply connected to herself, her friends and her natural surroundings.
The film records her life starting from 2016, and across all the many changes up and to 2022. In all circumstances she is seen making the best of everything, looking after the temple and its rites, the garden she has prepared, and also cultivating a good and kind mind.
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