Maybe you have noticed the Google Doodle of today, a time lapse of blooming flowers. But Earth Day isn’t about spring and gardening, it’s about robber economy and pollution. Short: Greed, the sin that enrages Namazu most. In the USA, April is earthquake preparedness month, especially in California, a TV report here. Err, an earthquake insurance? Sounds like a good idea first, but this is more an informercial. Who would offer an insurance to people in such a high risk area? The big one from 1906 caused a insurers crash, where’s the profit in that? In the casualties. Will there be more at the expected big one? Of course, the density of population did raise in the last century, a 15 times in general. And there’s much more industry and so there will be more fires. Not to speak of the nuclear power plants north and south of LA County. This will multiply the collateral damage and the casualties. Dead people can’t claim a policy, so the formula will work, rest in profit. The insurance business is that way, just think of the death bets.
In case you don’t know yet, Namazu was the name of an “anarchist” magazine in the late 1070’s. The editors didn’t throw Molotow cocktails, they just dared to talk about ecological problems made in Japan. Well, to criticize economy was and still is blasphemy there. Not a privilege, same shit here in Germany. But Japan is extreme in every aspect. Like a director of political (!) pink movies said in the documentary Otaku: “Japan is a strange land!”. That’s why you won’t find any of the later Namazu-e in the portfolio of touristic folklore, at least not with a brief description what they really mean. Some time ago, the art student Zhaes has made some kind of a Namazu-e without knowing it, named “The rising sun”:
I’ve asked him if he could write a dierctors cut of the description which you can read here. Paradise lost in Okinawa? Strange, the pearl and bestseller of the tourism industry of Japan was subject of my second to last post. It seems like the Iriomote cat isn’t the only endangered species on Okinawa, even the next Japanese nuclear power plant is ca. 600 kilometers away from the main island. The next nuclear power plant to Iriomote, the very last sanctuary of nature in Japan, is here, ca. 230 kilometers away. That’s nearly the same distance from Fukushima to Tokyo. Well, there’s open sea in between, but radiation travels seaward with the wind. And Taiwan is not suited for nuclear power plants, too. In fact, no land is, but seismic hot spots are even less…
Namazu related art isn’t that rare, but magic moments are. The 3rd February was one for Namazu art, if even not the magic moment of magic moments. Now ladies and gentleman, Namazu-e-shirt proudly presents:
Well, it’s still a prototype, but the idea literally rocks! It actually gives you an idea how Namazu feels, here is an article of his supernatural powers by my catfish comrade ferrebeekeeper. Like I’ve said in my comment, the Namazu necklace is like a mood ring, just for the whole world. I really can’t wait to see the final design(s). For the catfishwalk at the release party there’s only one dignified track, of course:
Of course this floorfilla is more about human nature, but the video is apocalyptic, note the tsunami after the prolouge, moonwalk is futile.
Two days ago I told you that I see catfish… everywhere! Well, it happend again today. First I saw this video. Oh boy, a naturist from the healthiest place on earth, he would make the perfect male model for the Namazu-e-shirt! Why perfect? Because Bansho Miura comes from Okinawa, too, another “eco anarchist”. And a naturist wearing a t-shirt for a good cause would turn the absolutely worn out concept of nude activism & naked protest upside down. And last but not least, that thing above which looks like Namazu’s eye is in fact… the symbol of Okinawa! Psychosis? No, just another “What are the odds?”. Now all I have to do is to find the shop he buys water and food, send him a Namazu-e-shirt and ask him for a photo. Which is not that easy at all, even there’s a brief tourist information website in many languages. There are rather detailed maps, but the name tags of smaller islands like Soto Banari are in Japanese only. I’ve found some Lat & Long, but very rough and Google maps sucks with that kind of data. Other tools have never heard of that little island and deny to display empty sea. All I know is the name and that the next point of civilization is one hour by boat away. I’ve asked the tourist information via mail, but I doubt that they have an exact address… the next option is too find Ruairidh Villar who was on location. And if he can help me, I need a person who translates my letter in proper Japanese. Much ado about a photo…
UPDATE: Like I know now (thanks a lot to the Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau!), Sotobanari(jima) is about 3 kilometers west from Shirahama on Iriomote. Well, that’s a start, that village is that small that the postman can actually find the store where Nagasaki buys his goods. Or not, because the happy hermit recives once a month money from his brother, more probably at the next post office which is located in Sonai, 3 kilometers north east from Sotobanari. So, what village is the place to send? Still much ado about a photo… btw, Iriomote is not the paradise it seems and used to be, tourism is about to wipe out another hermit which is a mascot already, the Iriomote Cat.