When we look back at books of ancient History, Fairy Tales and Folklore, we can discover how our ancestors endured and held it together in times of calamity. Japan is known as the country where the living coexist with myriads of gods, goddesses, and spiritual creatures called yokai. People believed every natural phenomena, every object, artificial or not, is inhabited by a spirit. There are gods who are causing natural disasters and yokai that are saving us. One such spirit creature, Amabie, predicts pandemic. It is a mermaid or merman with three leg-fins who appears from the sea and predicts abundant harvest or pandemic. A woodblock print newspaper from 1846 reported that a glowing Amabie appeared from the offshore of Higono-kuni (today the Kumamoto Prefecture), told local officers that people would enjoy abundant harvest for six years, while suffering from pandemic.
The creature instructed the officers to draw an image of itself, and show the drawing to the people to save them from the pandemic. This story of Amabie and its whimsical image recently became an instant meme surging on the internet in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
SEIZAN Gallery is excited to announce that we will collaborate with artists to present our Online Group Show, “Jo Sai Sho Fuku (Ward off Calamities, Invite Good Luck) : Gods and Yokai in the Time of Pandemic.” The artists will reimagine and recreate images of spirits from old history books and tales including the amabie and others who saved human beings in times of calamity. Works will be presented on our website (www.seizan-gallery.com, www.art-japan.co.jp) and on social networks in the coming weeks.
We believe that art keeps us together in difficult times. It is more important than ever to stay in touch. We at SEIZAN will continue to stay strong, support our community, and provide art that is a source of comfort and inspiration.
10/04/2020(fri) -Exhibition Period:
This online exhibition will start from 10am, Friday, April 10, 2020 (JST)
Information of the artworks:
Detailed information of the artworks can be found here or in the album on our Facebook.
*Updated May 22, 2020
Domestic : 1,000 JPY
International: 2,000 JPY
*Please not that shipping will be after May, however it may be rescheduled depending on the situation. Detailed information will be informed on our website and SNS once we have some updates.
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