pray width kodou

About pray with kodou

Imagining the Light of Life

Everyone that joins online across the globe, will each have light shining as their heart beats
With a small sphere, “kodou,” in a dark and quiet space, feeling one’s own rhythm,
To those close or far away, send one’s prayers in this participatory art project.

Participants will be sent a small artwork, “kodou.”

  1. Life’s rhythm
    converted to light.
    The heart beats 70 times in a minute, a hundred thousand times a day, and 2 billion times in a lifetime.
    Each time, blood flows through the entire body. “kodou” senses this motion, and converts it to light. People’s heartbeat goes from heart to fingertip, and then fingertip to outside the body, and is sent as light.
  2. Feel the rhythm of
    each and every life.
    Through “kodou,” the rhythm of one’s heartbeat can be seen;
    something we don’t usually think of. At the same time, it will also be seen through others’ eyes. Feeling each one’s different rhythm of heartbeat, at some point the heartbeat links with others’ rhythm, and the boundary of self and others starts getting shaky.
  3. To someone dear,
    sending prayers.
    Praying is to send life and meaning. With "kodou,” one’s
    heartbeat is visualized as light, which together is delivered to someone close, someone far, along with one’s feelings, delivered as prayers. The light of people that gathered will concentrate in one location, and the blinking will be an ephemeral expression of light.
Currently, only the heartbeat of people is converted to light, but in the future, plants, animals, land and air motion, etc., our challenge is to convert anything with life to light.


  • Kosuke Matsushima


    With an interest in how the universe was born, Kosuke studied elementary particle physics in college. Since 2018, he starts a career as a poet and artist. He produces poetic artworks with innovative expressions such as “Fureru Uta,” “Chikyu, Kono Kodokuna Seimei Exhibit,” and “Kodou Tokei” with time as its theme and starts his project “pray with kodou.” A common theme of his works is awe of life. The audience becomes a part of the art in his works.

  • Ryoji Yukino


    Doctor of engineering. Ryoji has worked in research and development in the fields of welfare engineering and medical diagnostics technology. Through his research, Ryoji finds an interest in life as a simplex and life as a complex. His theme in his works is phenomena that just “happens to happen.” With this theme as a backbone, Ryoji’s work is to materialize an expression.

  • Yoshihiko Suko

    Ph.D / Media Artist,
    Software Engineer,
    On-line UX Designer

    Shocked by fact that the internet’s design philosophy was based on life theory complex systems science, Suko has been a software engineer and network engineer in his teens and twenties. Since then, the paradigm of life theory begins to spread into organization, cities, and interaction design between people, which meant his activities also spread to people and organizations. Suko creates places, things, business, and expressions so that anyone can love one’s own life and live one’s own life in this world.

  • Mika Okada

    / Graphic Design

    Japan director of the design company “Fruitmachine” headquartered in the UK and Japan. Mika produces designs for local communities, international NGOs, social entrepreneurs, etc. Since the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, she questions design in a society of industrial growth, and is striving towards creating a sustainable system and a a design for life sustaining society.

  • Masashi Fujimoto


    Fujimoto designs product packages, logos, etc. for furniture, household appliances, and the like. He believes good things can release people’s senses, change lives, and even change society. His principle in life is that value lies in the relationships among people, towns, and entire societies. He pursues a flexible way of life and beauty in things.

  • Rie Nitta


    User of medicinal plants. Rie studied nutrition science in college, and later medicinal cooking, and continues to pursue eating and health from all times and places. As a continuation of this pursuit, she find an interest in medicinal herb culture from ancient Japan and starts researching herbs of healing and warmness across Japan and across the globe since 2014. Rie starts a medicinal herb tea / traditional tea brand {tabel}, and starts a medicinal herb college NORM for learning, striving to revive medicinal herb culture.

  • Masaki Kato

    / Media Artist

    Theoretical physics researcher. Masataka specializes in super nova and neutron starts. He encounters scientific philosophy in the University of California and becomes interested in what is science and what is art? Later, he strives to harmonize science with art, and with the concept “grasping mathematical formulas as art,” hosts a workshopt to communicate the beauty of mathematical expressions. Masataka also released original works such as “Buta no Kakuni Hoteishiki” (Formula of Pork Kakuni) and “Shiawase no Hoteishiki” (Formula of Happiness).