Two directors were selected by recommendation as a new creator active in the world, made the first NARAtive project.


Shiho, 28 years old, separated from her mother when she was little. Since then, she lived with a trauma at heart. After a long time, she finally goes to see her mother, who does not respond to Shiho warmly. Shiho's wretchedness upsets her more and more. Before long, however, she is suddenly informed of her mother's death by a traffic accident. From that moment she gets confused with her position of "her mother's guarantor," which, of course, she does not like. Living her life with great depressions in her mind, she goes to a cooking school once a week, and it becomes her emotional mainstay. One day after the school, she meets a wood craft artist, Makoto, in Tawara. After the encounter with Makoto, she finds a small happiness in her life. But their peaceful days didn't last long. Embraced in the bosom of the nature of Nara, with 1,300 year's history. Shiho and Makoto will see...


Direcotr: Toyoko Yamazaki (Japan)
Location: Tahara area, Nara

Director: Toyoko Yamasaki
Writer: Toyoko Yamasaki
Producer: Naomi Kawase
Director of Photography: Masami Inomoto
Lighting: Chikara Abe
Sound: Hironori Ito

Akiko Monou
Tohta Komizu

Japan/ 2010 / DVcam / 60min / English subtitle / Distributed by NIFF


Toyoko Yamasaki

Toyoko Yamasaki was born in Osaka in 1975. After graduating from Visual Arts College in Osaka, she got a job at company which produced TV shows, and founded an independent filmmaking company, "Okoku."At the 13th Nagaoka Asian Film Festival, she won jury's special award.



Torino Film Festival (Italy)

Cinema Digital Seoul Film Festival (Korea)

Kansai : l‘ autre cinéma japonais (France)

Theatrical release in Kyoto and Osaka (Japan)

The Museum of Modern Art, New York Screened at "Naomi Kawase" 's retrospective exhibition (New York )


Nara City

In Nara City, the capital was transferred to this place from "Fujiwara Kyo" in 710, prospered as the capital for more than 70 years, the flowers of Tianpyeong culture bloomed.
In Nara City there is a World Cultural Heritage "Ancient Nara's Cultural Property" consisting of 8 assets of Todaiji Temple, Kofukuji Temple, Kasuga Taisha Shrine, Gensoji Temple, Yakushiji Temple, Toshodaiji Temple, Heijo Palace Market, and Kasugayama Primitive Forest, there are many other shrines and temples, nature, historical sites, national treasures, cultural properties.
Please come and visit "Nara" where has the history and the nature.





Pedro González-Rubio, the winner of the Golden SHIKA Award at the Nara International Film Festival 2010, directed "Inori," set in Kannogawa in Totsukawa Village, Nara. The Great Eastern Earthquake on March 11, 2011, the disastrous flooding in Totsukawa Village 120 years ago, and "Hojoki" (an essay wrtitten by Kamo no Chomei in the 13th century) which laments the transience of this world... Pedro received these incidents as being directly connected to himself and thus his journey began. As if following "Hojoki," Pedro conducted his camera like Kamo no Chomei put his writing brush on paper. In September 2011, the Kannogawa region was subjected to disastrous flooding due to a large typhoon and suffered devastating damage. Rubio heard of this disaster just as he was about to start editing his film. Facing the reality the scenery of the small community he filmed will never come back, the filmmaker showed his determined responsibility and gave his full focus in editing. With profound feelings attached to the villagers and the director himself, "Inori" is completed in 2012, the year marking the 800th anniversary since the Hojoki was written.
Pedro won the Golden Leopard Award with this film at the 65th edition of the Locarno Film Festival in 2012.