The Journey, Hie Torii, Tokyo, 2012
Mono No Aware, Shunko-in Temple, Kyoto, 2016
Path to Enlightenment, Meiji Jingu Shrine, Tokyo, 2015
Journey to the Great Sage Jikko-In Temple, Ohara, 2015
Awakened to Emptiness, Hosen-in Temple, Ohara, 2015
Guardian of the Temple, Nazen-ji Temple, Kyoto, 2015
Way of the Path, Ryoan-ji Temple, Kyoto, 2015
Victory of the Spirit, Sho-ren in Temple, Kyoto, 2015
Cultivating Happiness, Chishaku-in Temple, Kyoto, 2016
Towards Nirvana, Shunko- in Temple, Kyoto, 2016
Akirame Shunko-in Temple, Kyoto, 2016
Fukurou, Jikko-in Temple, Ohara, 2016
The Landing, Horyuji Temple, Nara, 2015
Search for Dharma, Obai-in, Kyoto, 2017
Every Encounter Treasured, Obai-in, Kyoto, 2017
Form No Other Than Emptiness, Obai-in, Kyoto, 2017
Once Only, Obai-in, Kyoto, 2017
Only Once, Obai-in, Kyoto, 2017
Emptiness No Other Than Form, Obai-in, Kyoto, 2017
Intoxicated by the Moonlight, Obai-in, Kyoto, 2017

Monogatari 2012–2017

A series started in 2012, imagines animal life and Japanese cultural heritage referencing buddhist Jataka tales and Japanese stories.

Photographed in temples, shrines, ryokans and gardens in Kyoto, Nara, Ise and Tokyo, animals and women in traditional kimonos evoke screen art of the Edo period. Knorr, inspired by Japanese art (ukijo-e, screen painting) has produced a series of photographs of Japanese animals which appear in temples and shrines referencing the folktales of the supernatural such as Kaidan and Shinto kami (spirits).

Animals and nature depicted on gorgeous golden screens painted during the Edo period (16th century) by the Kano school of painters are found in castles, temples in Tokyo and Kyoto. Yurei and yokai, ghosts and supernatural monsters appear in Japanese folk tales published in Kibyoshi, genre of picture book, an early form of the comic book and more recently in Pokemon. They may possess animal like features or other times they can appear mostly human or take the shape of an inanimate object.

The red crowned crane which resides in China, Korea and Japan is often featured in myths and legends in Taoism, it is a symbol of longevity and appears often in screens and scroll paintings. More recently it is the emblem of Japanese airlines.