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jyowa is a made-up word created by Yukimura Sensei which merges the characters for “rope” and for “speaking or communicating”, hence it can be translated as “communicating through ropes” or “rope stories”. 

This project was started in Tokyo in 2011 as a documentary film, yet it ended up becoming more of an aesthetic experience that takes the viewer into the unique universe of five of Japan’s top rope artists (by order of appearance): Naka Akira, Yukimura Haruki, Nawashi Kanna, Urado Hiroshi and Hajime Kinoko

In each of the the five chapters we can see two people taking a journey into a deep and profound level of communication in which rope takes a very special place.

Duration: 114m

Directed by: Pedro Diniz Reis and Daniel Costa Neves

Actors (in order of appearance):

  • Naka Akira & Mashiro Nozomi
  • Yukimura Haruki & Sanae
  • Nawashi Kanna & Kagura
  • Urado Hiroshi & Nakamura Kazuki
  • Hajime Kinoko & Jhenna Hana

Music by: Sérgio Nascimento

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Shoot in Tokyo in 2011.