A gorilla without words may return to the past not only in the mind but also throughout the body.

Juichi Yamagiwa



The primatologist reunites with a gorilla who used to not only play together in the forest of Africa and but slept in a tree cave together as well, for the first time in 26 years. He greets the gorilla saying, "gu, guhum" but the gorilla has no response. A few days later, the gorilla finally comes close and gets a good look at his eyes. Then the gorilla lies down on the back and starts fighting with a child gorilla. The gorilla returned to the childhood. Returning to the sensation of the past throughout the body. I want to remember the past that way. From "Human Society "Changing Into Ape"."


"January 30  2019

from “Oriori no Kotoba” by Kiyokazu Washida, The Asahi Shimbun"