Sneaking a Taste at the Cinnamon Tree

Diary 2008.10.10



I went to Kamiyama on Wednesday and wound up spending most of my time up at the cinnamon tree, taking pictures of people working on Karin's installation. Everyone is always referring to the place by the tree which stands beside her work. Apparently there used to be a lot more cinnamon trees around Kamiyama.

Our local flora and fauna guide, Mr. Ominami, generously dug up a root for me and Aki Rika to try.

Mr. Ominami tells us that the children of Kamiyama always used to dig up the roots of cinnamon trees to chew on as a snack. And that's why there aren't so many cinnamon trees anymore! The kids dug up too many roots and killed the trees. I always thought it must be the bark of the cinnamon tree that is the most fragrant, but the roots are really spicy!

Smell that sharp cinnamon smell!!

I'm afraid I wasn't much help on site. I mostly just took pictures and went on one run to the stone shop with Nikolai and Karin to pick out some more smaller stones for the outside edge.

You don’t just find stones like this lying around in the woods! They were processed by Kamiyama Sekizai. We poked around the piles of smaller smoothed stones and chose the ones that were the right size for the upper rim of the cup.

They say "many hands make light work" and in fact Pat told me that they had budgeted about a week to lay the stones but thanks to everyone's enthusiastic help it was all done in one day.

Karin and her Kamiyama father, Mr. Mori.

Karin told me that her father back in the Netherlands wants to see a picture of her Kamiyama "father" so I took this picture of her and Mr. Mori together inside the cup.

Digging away at the edge

The next step is to dig away at the edge to expose the underside of the cup so that it juts out over the cliff. Everyone is curious to see what the cement on the underside will look like.

This Sunday (October 12) is the Open Atelier Day when visitors are free to come and visit the artists in their studios. Meet at Michi no Eki at 9:45 to go on a guided tour. For more information on the Open Atelier Day (or anything else) call the Kaizen Center at 088-676-1177 and ask for Keiko Kudo or send a message via our contact form.



Canadian living in Tokushima City. Translator, Interpreter, and Sofie's mom.

Articles by Claire


  • There weren't any cinnamon trees around. More than ten years ago the tree came within an inch of being cutting down at my relatives' garden. Then I saved it and transplanted to the site. An inside story.....ha,ha,ha. Shinya

    10/10/2008 11:00 AM | 大南 信也

  • How does the bowl look with all the dirt moved out from under it?

    10/10/2008 12:03 PM | JJ

  • Hi JJ, I don't know yet - they haven't taken the dirt away yet. They wanted to wait for the cement to dry before they took away the dirt. They're only going to take it away on one side - the downhill side. Maybe in a week or so there will be a new article with pictures of the result!

    10/10/2008 4:38 PM | Claire

  • We took the dirt out today, Looks wonderfull. But stil some more work te do. Pat

    10/10/2008 5:46 PM | karin

  • Thank you very much for the nice picture from you and our daughter. We are happy that she has in Kamiyama too a lovely father who is looking after her and our great son in law Pat. We wish you a lot of success with the art project in Kamiyama. Greetings Els and Rob van der Molen.

    10/10/2008 5:50 PM | Rob van der Molen

  • Wonderful work and what a marvelous photo of the (in front of the) camera shy Mr Ominami......I shall have to add that to soon to be published "Mr Ominami portfolio" {watch this space}.

    10/10/2008 7:31 PM | emma

  • Thanks, Emma! I look forward to it. from Shy-nya .......ha, ha, ha.

    10/10/2008 10:00 PM | 大南 信也

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