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Amabei - Mermaid of Japan

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I was delighted to discover the Japanese legend of Amabei , a “magical mermaid” with healing charms!

 

This incense is an offering to Amabei…and it is really an exquisite  blend…. It even looks like it came from the sea, Green Frankincense with the shimmer of a mermaids tail blended with an elegant Japanese incense  known as “Purple Cloud'" and all spritzed with Oud. Purple Cloud is Shoyeido's penultimate granulated incense, offering the transcendental aura of Agarwood , Sandalwood. 

 

Over a half-ounce  comes in a golden tin along with a print of the original Amabei (The earliest image of Amabie appeared in 1846, Japanese news sheets printed using clay or wood blocks)

Also included is her legend. Join artists world wide celebrating the little magical mermaid ….

I did so with this incense.

 

 

THE LEGEND OF THE AMABIE:

(pronounced Ah-mah-bee-ey.)

 

The only recorded sighting of an amabie comes from Higo Province (present-day Kumamoto prefecture) in April of 1846. For some nights in a row, a bright light could be seen in the waters off shore. One night, a government official went out to see to investigate the strange light. When he approached, a strange creature appeared to him. The creature introduced itself as an amabie. It told the government official that a six-year bumper crop was coming. It also said that should there be an outbreak of disease, he should immediately show the amabie’s picture to people everywhere, as it would protect them against harm. After that, the creature returned to the sea. Shortly after, the amabie’s story along with a woodblock print image of it was featured in the newspaper to be distributed to as many people as possible.

Despite its 19th century origin, the legend fits perfectly into today’s social-media paradigm. In response to the coronavirus crisis, recently artists and illustrators all over the world have been creating and posting their own versions of the Amabie in hopes of bringing about a cure for COVID-19. Their beautiful creations form a creative tapestry of hope for a world currently steeped in anxiety and fear.

 

 

We invite you to display this original print of Amabie or better yet draw your own , and ask your friends and kids to as well :)

 

“Amabie is a kind of a spirit known as yokai, the earliest written records of which date back some 1,200 years, Komatsu explains.

He adds that the Japanese have traditionally drawn yokai through a cathartic process of bringing fears and hopes out of the subconscious and onto paper.

By the Edo period (1603-1868), yokai had started to migrate from the realm of animism to that of entertainment.

"In the Edo era, people began to think that yokai do not really exist, and are created by humans," explains Komatsu. "And at the same time, people started to enjoy pictures of yokai."

At the time, diseases often ravaged the population.

 

"We are in the same situation as the Edo era," Komatsu says.

Recent depictions of Amabie use pastel colors, anime art and computer graphics. They have been interpreted by cartoonists, students, illustrators, craftsman and even chefs. They adorn t-shirts, cookies and sweets, figurines and smartphone wallpaper.

Amayagido, an artist in Kanazawa, has been drawing Amabie for over a decade.

"We feel that yokai are not just scary," she says, "but also somehow cute or friendly."

 

According to Japanese folklore, in the 1800s a mythical mermaid-like creature called Amabie appeared off the coast, told people “If an epidemic occurs, draw a picture of me and show it to everyone. Color an Amabie drawing to protect yourself and loved ones from COVID-19! Stay safe and healthy everyone!”

 

- From Yokai.com

 

 

In Japanese folklore, the Amabie was a mythical yokai, or spirit, usually spotted off the coast of Kumamoto that typically predicted a bountiful harvest season. Described as a mermaid-like creature with long hair, a beak, and three legs, the Amabie also advised: “If an epidemic occurs, draw a picture of me and show it to everyone.”

Despite its 19th century origin, the legend fits perfectly into today’s social-media paradigm. In response to the coronavirus crisis, recently artists and illustrators all over the world have been creating and posting their own versions of the Amabie in hopes of bringing about a cure for COVID-19. Their beautiful creations form a creative tapestry of hope for a world currently steeped in anxiety and fear.

 

 - From Spoon & Tamago.com

 

 

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