A Japanese Folk Tale: Yuki Onna Wip

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In fear of the Yuki Onna’s wrath from knowing we have two Japanese Yuki Onna themed movies lined up but haven’t come around to watch them, we thought it would be a good idea to share with you the sketch stage of the Yuki Onna illustration as an appeasing resource (inking and light colouring was done digitally).

The weather is also getting better over here, which makes us wonder: do Yuki Onna yokai hibernate during spring?…

★Have a great weekend and stay inspired!★

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A Japanese Folk Tale: Dodomeki

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When words can move corrupt creatures

Onward with the folklore!
Today is for the yokai named Dodomeki.
The name roughly translates to “many eyed” demon and it’s quite the literal translation as the transformation into a Dodomeki happens when young women give in to the temptation of stealing money and as a consequence, small bird eyes spout from their skin.
The name comes from a series of word plays and to explain it better, here’s an excerpt from yokai.com:

The copper coin, or dōsen, had a hole in the middle of it, and was colloquially known as a chōmoku, or “bird’s eye,” due to its shape.
The phrase ashi ga tsuku is a common idiom which means “to catch someone who has committed a crime.” Very clever readers would have noticed that if the word ashi, which can also mean money, is replaced with chōmoku, which can also mean money, the phrase changes to mean “covered in bird eyes.”

The story tells of an oni spotted causing havoc around a horse graveyard at night, to which the lord of those lands -Fujiwara no Hidesato- quickly ran to fight off.
As the demon appeared, ten foot tall and covered in glowing eyes, Hidesato shot an arrow to the brightest eye making the oni run away, only to collapse near the Mount Myoujin (in Nara).
Giving chase, Hidesato witnessed as a burst of flame was released from the Dodomeki’s body and poisonous gas escaped from the mouth. Unable to keep up the fight due to the poisoned air and heat, Hidesato had to flee. The next day when he returned, there were only remains of heavily burnt ground, with no sight of the Dodomeki.

400 years passed, and a priest named Chitoku was responsible for the investigation of unexplained fires at the temple of a town near the Mount Myoujin. Whenever the priest gave his sermons, he noticed the presence of a woman under a robe that would approach the temple and by confronting her she admits her identity to be the Dodomeki that once disappeared in that same area where the temple was built.
By scaring the priests with the fires, bit by bit the Dodomeki had the opportunity to regain the blood it spilled and toxic fumes that were once released when wounded in the past.
But despite the original intent, feeling enlightened by overhearing the powerful sermons of Chitoku, the Dodomeki vowed to do no evil ever again and since then the name Dodomeki was given to the area around Mount Myoujin.

With this illustration we sketched and inked traditionally and added the colouring digitally.
In our own version of the Dodomeki tale, even if only platonic, we wonder if there was a spark when power met with power on opposite ends of the scale.

★Have a great weekend everyone, stay inspired★

A Japanese Folk Tale: Yuki Onna

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As great fans of the Japanese folklore, today we bring you a creature from a popular folktale, the Yuki Onna (Snow Woman). She is a Japanese snow spirit known for her beauty and also for killing humans.
In some versions she is described as having very pale skin with black hair contrasting with her white kimono, she leaves no footprints as she floats over the snow and sometimes her feet are invisible.

Following one of the legends about its origins where a snow spirit of a Yuki Onna is born from a woman that fell on the snow, the decision for a regretful girl taken by the sadness of a letter she just received, laying on the snow and perishing from exposure gives us our own Yuki Onna, with the fleeting reminiscence of being human in the past, when faced by the beauty of the cherry trees under the snow.

Gathering some courage we felt compelled to give a haiku a try…

“No footsteps, no sound,
A letter filled with regrets
of being human.”

The Yuki Onna calls out to people on snowy nights and if you reply, she attacks, but there’s also the version where she will push you off a cliff if you don’t reply as well, so if you ever meet one… Good luck?…

★Happy Friday happenings to all. See you next week and stay inspired★

Hibernation Over & Dia do Japão 2017

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Oh… Hey there!

What warm light is this? Is the weather warming up?
Hah, as if the reason for our silence was sweet rested hibernation, no, not at all… How did the saying go… No rest for the weary?(no, not the wicked…) Rightly so, but we are far from complaining as health is finally being recovered, the new place is very comfy and sunny and we are happily busy since the beginning of this year!

We just returned from an event, Dia do Japão (Japan’s Day) organized by the Liga de Estudos Asiáticos at Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa (Faculty of Humanities of the University of Lisbon) We loved the day and met wonderful people, some don’t know how close they were of being hugged to death unconsciousness, stuck on our pocket and taken home♥ we want to thank everyone at the lovely organization for all the attention and care they provided us!

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We didn’t get the chance to take many pictures but here’s at least one of them♥

 
We hope everyone has been treated well by 2017 up to now and if not, we hope things start getting better from here on.
Have a great week and take care!★★

Inktober 2016 – Day 24

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In the dead of night you hear a rustling… Do you go check?

Gold and black are the perfect match for a white haired demon. Happy nights counting down to Halloween!

Back in action with Japan’s Party/Festa do Japão 2016!

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Oh dear here we go, getting cobwebs on this blog…
Dear everyone, thank you once again for sticking around and still being willing to continue following our (mis)adventures in the real and virtual world! We are back once again and will happily resume posting to our hearts content so please ride the hype train with us!

Like always, we went M.I.A. for good reasons, one of them being our participation on last weekend’s Japan Party! It’s the equivalent of England’s Japanese Matsuri in London and we were so glad to attend!

A hot, sunny day for a bright party! Koi, koi everywhere!

A hot, sunny day for a bright party! Koi, koi everywhere!

Helping to get the stand ready with Jan Ken Pon's team mates!

Helping to get the stand ready and realizing the sun was ready to cook everything alive. Better put those noodles in the shade guys!

We got invited due to our participation on Jan Ken Pon’s newest issue that featured a whole story from 2010 by 50% StarTwo (here’s looking at the Cat) and it was just perfect for the party. The theme was chosen and celebrated the 150 years of friendship between Portugal and Japan.

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It made our hearts skip a beat to be honest ♥

Apart from helping promote the Jan Ken Pon’s comic newspaper, we were also there to give autographs and make some portraits and since we had the time for it, we actually had a little Japan Party Souvenir ready! If anyone wants to buy one of these, get in touch, thank you!

Portraits, check. Souvenir quimono gal, check...

Portraits, check. Souvenir quimono gal, check…

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One friendly Cat, check!

13494839_934833863299817_3148206751554972286_nAnd soon enough… the madness begun. It was the first time we went to the Japan Party so we had no clue what would happen. But because we were in an open space, people started to approach us even before the event started. We truly wished we had pretty pictures of everything that went on stage but…

Draw faster!! Relax we got this, I t-think!

Draw faster!! Relax we got this, I t-think!

… but soon this was our reality. It’s bizniss as usual for us. We’re so happy about that but boy, it was really demanding, especially as the day progressed. Next time, hats. Definitely hats. If you guys ever have to draw outside, even inside a comfy stand, get hats.

Our many thanks to Jan Ken Pon who took some of these photos and to everyone who gave us a hand, spoke to us and congratulated us on our work! We will aim for better, always!

Apologies if we sound too hyper. Chocolate cookies and coffee are the culprits. Take care everyone! See you soon!