Beware of the Chlob!

Long time no see, huh? Well, it was too frustrating to post any of the many bad news from Japan. Like the new gouverment which rethinks nuclear energy vice versa again or the fish which burries the needle of the Geiger counters.  And Namazu’s activity went to an rather average level again, so nobody is listening to fair warnings anyway. Today there was a magnitude 6.2 in Japan and a rather disturbing report from Fukushima that proofs that nothing is normal at all, here you go.  Got it? While other kids cosplay elegant Manga/Anime characters, the ones in „the Zone“ actually become the Blob.  But not of the funny burlesque kind shown in the video above. Involuntary couch potatoes, either by house arrest or being afraid of going outside, no matter if there’s nuclear winter or summer. Even more frustrating, gaining fat indoor has no real positive side effect, because „IT“ is in the air, the water, the food, everywhere. What will these kids become in the half life of Caesium? Oversized cysts, half man, half sofa, watching the repetive „March 11 2041: Now it’s really half that worse!“ reports over and over again, munching potatoe chips? The radioactiv Blob is a real double horror feature… it creeps and leaps and glides and slides across the floor right through the kitchen door!


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.

Some Nintendo kids are allright…

…and do actually cultural research beyond Pokémon & Co.. For example, Namine wishes to share her very own Namazu-e with her fellow citizens and others whom it may concern:

And she wrote even an exclusive statement for this blog, too, this isn’t just a repost: