Shrine of the Paper Gods

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This latest one is a painting of the shrine to the paper gods in Imadate, next to Takefu. As an artist, I find it just so damn cool that there is a shrine to the paper gods here. During Golden Week in May, I visited the shrine with Hitomi during a festival, and we got to see the townspeople fight over the mikoshi containing the gods, and carry them from shrine to shrine throughout Imadate on a cold, rainy, rainy day. At night, we returned to the shrine to witness the end of the festival. At a shrine at the foot of a tall mountain, lit by torches and lanterns, a bunch of priests played traditional “music” (a.k.a. noise) that gave the area this otherworldy feel, and they enshrined the gods once more, and took them up to the top of the mountain to their summer home. Really, really awesome.

I’ll be updating this painting just a bit more in the future, as I did with the Mikuni shrine and as I am currently doing with my Nagoya-jou painting. One of the things I like most about the ukiyo-e prints hanging from my walls (the complete series of 53 Stations of the Tokaido and a few other random prints) is the “little people doing things” — a term I learned at Ringling from Mr. Perez, the computer illustration teacher. Apparantly, “little people doing things” is the secret to success in art, and as evidenced by the popularity of my Cherry Blossoms on the Schuylkill River over my other prints, I believe that to be true now. So sometime soon you’ll see some “little people doing things” added to a few more of my Japanese prints.