…did not happen, no Tsunami for Indonesisa and its neighbours, „just“ a sea quake. A delayed Easter gift from Namazu? Michaela Aidam did deliver this illustration of an Easter Namazu today. What a timing. Read some „what if…“ here. Yes, it was most close, millions of people around the Indian Ocean are still scared to death for a good reason.


Far Easter!

It’s not longer the season for Bunny stuff? This cartoon by FriKitty won’t get old that soon:

Translation for the lazy:

„Hi Tewi, where are you from?“

„From Fukushima…“

Well, what looks like usual odd Weebo fan art is actually a Namazu-e in the meaning of a political caricature. Even it’s some kind of an insider gag, the news report which it’s pointing at wasn’t that popular than the Kemonomimi, read it here. Mutant shit happens, but what are the odds for such an event at this timing? Another wicked detail in FriKitty’s cartoon (her comic blog is called „The Girl of Chaos“) is the edible necklace. It’s actually a tradition in Japan to hang little children a carrot around the neck so they have always a healthy snack at hand when they play outside. Which they can’t in the zone around Fukushima where the radiation dosimeter badge replaced the carrot. Not to mention that root vegetables gather radiation from the ground they grow in. And last but not least it’s frowned upon that people say inconvenient truths in Japanese caricatures, to let animals do the talking is the way of the Namazu-e. Using the fable bypass was clever icing on the cake. By the way, I’m planning a Namazu-e contest. Stay tuned and always watch your…

From Saxony with love

Diese Galerie enthält 10 Fotos.

NINJA BEAM! Michaela Aidam would even beat Chuck Norris with her element of suprise, again most unexpected feedback in my mailbox: „Hello again, I’ve been at the bookfair in Leipzig and thought this would be a great place to meet people interested in Japan and introduce the Namazu to a bigger audience. First I prepared… Weiterlesen.

Wish upon a brush

In Japan there’s no big difference between drawing and writing, traditionally both is done with the brush. And there’s the belief that a wish has to be written to come true. The Japanese comic artist AMAKOMA-YA has drawn this Namazu-e on March 15, 2011:

„A long time ago, in Japan, when the huge catfish which lives underground moved, it was believed that an earthquake occurred.
As God places a rock on a catfish and cannot move, there is a tradition of having made it write that a written oath did not cause an earthquake.

catfish [Namazu], GOD [鹿島大明神/Kashimadaimyojin], and rock [kaname-ishi] — the picture to which three elements were equal is called Namazue [鯰絵].
It is a picture of the wish which wants an earthquake not to occur. (examples)

However, not God but the child is drawn with this picture.“

Seems like AMAKOMA-YA has to draw many more wishes like this because Namazu doesn’t stop to write, the latest prediction says that there’ll be another big earthquake in the next 4 years. That prediction was not given by scare mongers, but very serious and careful scientists.