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除災招福 JO SAI SHO FUKU
(WARD OFF CALAMITIES, INVITE GOOD LUCK):
GODS AND YOKAI IN TIME OF PANDEMIC

AYAKO NAKAMURA

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Amabie Desended, 2020
Acrylic on Japanese paper
13.1 x 9.5 inches (33.3 x 24.2cm) 

FROM THE ARTIST:

Japan’s oldest chronicles, Kojiki and Nihonshoki, include stories of Sukunabikonokami, a god who emerged from the ocean bearing medicines to help humans build the country. Amabie is a similar God. In one of the chronicles the Gods and Goddesses throw a party outside of Ama-no-Iwato cave, to lure Amaterasu (Goddess of the sun) outside and bring light back to the land.

Since ancient times people have danced and played for peace. We cannot gather together now so I am throwing a party in my painting inspired by these mythologies.  I hope peace and normality return to our lives soon. 

I always pray for peace and happiness when I paint. At this difficult time, I am chewing over the saying “every night comes to an end.”