Oh My Kami! Raijin

Painting while sick really sucks. Well, doing anything while sick really sucks actually, but fever and exhaustion is no friend to the fine motor skills required for painting. This took me a lot longer than I would have liked it to.

Raijin (雷神) is one of my favorite gods. He is the god of thunder, and is almost always seen with his buddy Fujin. Together they’re two of the most commonly seen images of gods in Japan. I’ve always loved the thunder, and here in Fukui the snow thunder is absolutely spectacular, so that’s part of the reason he’s one of my favorites. Besides his domain, I also just like the way he looks — a chaotic sky demon beating on a ring of drums. Very cool.


There’s a famous superstition in Japan that when it thunders you should cover your naval. The awesome explanation behind this is that Raijin will come along and eat your belly button if you don’t. I’ve never seen anyone here cover their navels over here, but come to think of it, I haven’t seen many belly buttons either. I wonder…

Anyway, as always, Raijin is available at my Etsy store, or by emailing me. Thanks for viewing!

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