春よこいThis documentary portrays 'matagi' (traditional hunters of the Tohoku region of northern part of Japan) living in Kaneyama Town, Okuaizu, Fukushima. In 2011, radioactive fallouts contaminated the nature of Kaneyama Town which is 130 km distant from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Matagi of Kaneyama Town hunt bears, while they have a significant role to convey the ongoing changes in the natural environment to human beings. After the Fukushima nuclear disaster occurred, people around the world started heading for harmonized symbiosis with nature. What is nature? The unspoiled nature is not always better - one of the matagi Inomata Akio teaches us the art of co-existing with nature. Matagi worship the Mountain God and hunt bears according to the rules of the mountains. Inomata conveys the spirit of matagi of Okuaizu to children today.
Title in English HARU YO KOI
Title in Original Language 春よこい
Director(s) ABIKO WATARU
Director's Bio/Filmography Born in Hokkaido in 1959. Abiko won various awards with the NHK program “A Story of Daphney and Elena” and other TV programs. Since 1998, he has been living in a forest and capturing nature. His films "Tsuki no Sho" and "Meguri Meguru Inochi no Monogatari" were both screened at Japan Wildlife Film Festival in 1999 and 2011. Abiko started making films in 2009. His credits include "Hinoemata Kabuki YARUBEYA" (2011) (screened at the YIDFF2011 Cinema with Us program), "IKITEKOSO" (2013) and "HARU YO KOI"(2015).
Year of Completion 2015
Nationality of the Film Japan
Running Time 70 min.
Aspect Ratio Video: 16:9
Color Color
Screening Format BDDVD
Shooting Locations Kanayama-machi in Fukushima
Shooting Dates/Periods October 1, 2013- April 30, 2015
Names of Characters Inomata Akio (Matagi)
Language of Commentary and Dialogue Japanese,
Subtitles English,
Date of First Public Screening 2015/10/4
Place of First Public Screening (Country) Japan
Date of First Public Screening in Japan 2015/10/4
Previous Screenings at Other Film Festivals and Events
Staff Credits Script: Abiko Wataru
Photography: Abiko Wataru
Editing: Abiko Wataru
Sound: Abiko Wataru
Music: Higashide Itsukuni
Narration: Yamamoto Toshihiko
Others:Piano performance: Hatano Megumi 
Producer Naomi (MIRU International Inc.)
Distributor / Distribution Company Naomi (MIRU International Inc.)
Official Website for the Film
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Screenings at the Past YIDFF Programs and Events None