Dear Shaded Viewers,
This is an ancient Japanese healing monster”Amabie”. In Japan, there is a tradition in 1846 that “Amabie” emerged from the sea and she prophesied, “If you show people a picture of my painting, the plague will subside” Now, there is a trend in Japan to draw and distribute this “Amabie”.
It appears to be a variant of the amabiko (アマビコ, 海彦, 尼彦, 天日子, 天彦, あま彦, also amahiko), otherwise known as the amahiko-nyūdo (尼彦入道), and arie (アリエ), which are depicted as ape-like, bird-like, or torso-less (cephalopod-like), and usually 3-legged.
An amabie appeared in Higo Province (Kumamoto Prefecture) according to legend, around the middle of the fourth month, in the year Kōka-3 (mid-May, 1846) in the Edo era. A glowing object had been spotted in the sea, almost on a nightly basis. The town’s official went to the coast to investigate, and witnessed the amabie. According to the sketch made by this official, it had long hair, a mouth like bird’s bill, was covered in scales from the neck down, and three-legged. Addressing the official, it identified itself as an amabie and told him that it lived in the open sea. It went on to deliver a prophecy: “Good harvest will continue for six years from the current year;[a] if disease spreads, show a picture of me to those who fall ill and they will be cured.” Afterward, it returned to the sea. The story was printed in the kawaraban (woodblock-printed bulletins), where its portrait was printed, and this is how the story disseminated in Japan.
What do you think? Should we all try our hand at drawing the ancient Japanese healing monster “Amabie”? I have to check now with Akiko and Shoji to see how they feel about this. I found some images on line to inspire your personal artwork. Send it to me so I can post it.