The journal of a folk scholar who visited a place called 'Minakami Village".
High Priest Kurosawa has welcomed us into his village with open arms. The village does not have a mayor, and it would appear that Mr Kurosawa, in his position as High Priest, is responsible for governing it. This would appear to be another indicator that this village was originally formed by a deeply religious community that placed a high value on their ceremonies and rituals.
The myth of the 'gateway to hell' remains a pronounced presence in local folklore. This is a gate or chasm that leads directly to the world of the dead, or the underworld.
Such entrances to the underworld are usually detested, yet feared, and in some cases are even believed to be worshiped.
I will do whatever it takes to learn more about this ancient and deeply rooted belief in the gate to hell while I am here.
I have heard that a 'Hidden Ceremony' relating to the gateway is held in this village, though it would appear that it is forbidden to observe it or even talk about it.
The fact that the ceremony involves approaching the gateway probably means that some kind of seclusion ritual must take place before hand.
The locals here lead a simple existence. The village's location in the mountains make it difficult to grow crops, and daily life is a real struggle. They have very little contact with the outside world, and continue to live as they have always done, regardless of how the world may have changed. They appear to have been left behind by the relentless march of time.