Sunday, March 20, 2011

Seismic fishiness

This week I continue the seismic series I began last week.

In Japan there is a legendary catfish whose motions underground cause earthquakes. The two entries below relate to that catfish (as well as to the natural catfish).

namazu (catfish) 鯰

namazu-e (catfish picture) 鯰絵

Not only did Ono-san in Tokyo suggest these entries he sent me a link to a multipage series of modern namazu-e drawn in response to the Tohoku earthquake that has so dominated the recent news.

私家版・「鯰絵大作戦」

The whimsical nature of many of these illustrations is very much in the tradition of the late Edo Period prints.

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