Fukui Yume Art

If you happen to be in Fukui this month, you may have heard about the Fukui Yume Art festival. It’s basically a huge city-wide celebration of art featuring local artists and utilizing empty spaces around the city to promote art. It’s an awesome idea, and I was really happy to be invited to participate this year. You can see the schedule below. ↓

Yume Art Schedule; more info here

I’m showing yokai again, though these are not yokai from Night Parade — these are yokai from my A-Yokai-A-Day project on this blog. They are all acryllic and gouache paintings on Japanese shikishi. I was lucky to get a great spot in the middle of the business district in front of the train station and next to McDonald’s, and the owners of the space have said that it has been packed every day! Here you can see some of the paintings being shown:

Intro Panel
Center #1
Wall #1
Wall #2

If you’re in Fukui, my yokai will be showing for a few more days, so definitely go see them if you have the chance! The originals look much nicer in person than on a website. And make sure you go see some of the other great artists. The curators of the program selected a huge range of different styles of art, so there is sure to be something there for everyone to enjoy!

Yokai Sake

Night Parade fans who stop into their local Liquor World Hana might be surprised to see a particular new brand of sake:

bottles at Liquor World Hana
What’s that lined up there??
sake bottle
Yokai sake?!

That’s right! Yokai-themed sake! This is a special limited edition Koshi no Taka sake brewed by Ito Sake Brewery in Fukui prefecture. It’s a local brand, and very delicious! You may be familiar with this yokai from my blog or my book — this is a kawauso, a Japanese river otter. Kawauso was chosen for the label not just because it’s cute, but also because they are known for dressing up as humans and sneaking into sake stores to try to buy alcohol. They don’t understand the concept of money and often try to pay with dead leaves or sticks, and when the shopkeeper questions them, they squeak or just mimic his words, hoping he won’t see through their disguise.

Unfortunately these can’t be shipped to the US, because this is a fresh sake and needs to remain chilled and be drunk soon. However, other bottles will be making their debut soon, and those ones may possibly be available for shipment overseas. For any of you living in or visiting Fukui prefecture, though, hurry up and check your local Liquor World Hana! These are a limited edition and will probably vanish faster than you can say “kawauso!”