A direct quote from Larsson after the jump.
Says the director:
“The artifacts are superfluous products generated in the crossbreed of human and technical evolution. They are in a state between resignation and euphoria,incapable of expressing themselves. The Ishiyama dera is a sacred Buddhist area and is most famous because of the novelist Murasaki Shikibu who wrote “The Tale of Genji”(the worlds first novel) there. Also Ukiyo-E artist Ando Hiroshige portrayed Ishiyama dera in his “The Famous Views of 60-Odd Provinces”.