Dear Shaded Viewers,
An article I read in the BBC was the inspiration for my Amabie competition. Here are a few excerpts from the article. The deadline for your Amabie is May 14th.
“Largely forgotten for generations, Amabie, as it’s known, is an auspicious yokai (a class of supernatural spirits popularised through Japanese folklore) that was first documented in 1846. As the story goes, a government official was investigating a mysterious green light in the water in the former Higo province (present-day Kumamoto prefecture). When he arrived at the spot of the light, a glowing-green creature with fishy scales, long hair, three fin-like legs and a beak emerged from the sea.
Amabie introduced itself to the man and predicted two things: a rich harvest would bless Japan for the next six years, and a pandemic would ravage the country. However, the mysterious merperson instructed that in order to stave off the disease, people should draw an image of it and share it with as many people as possible.”
Above is one of the entries to ASVOF’s Amabie competition: @sasha_cannabis_art. Keep in mind 4 things: long hair, a beak, 3 legs and scales from the neck down. What ever your vision is of the ‘healing monster’ is what I’d like to see. You can send it to me on instagram @asvof.