Yokai Wednesdays

Info found on yokai.com

Trigger Warning! This weeks’ post is covering a pretty controversial topic. If you are easily frightened, stop reading now!

Konbanwa, everyone! It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to take a look at some more fascinating yokai. Now, let’s go on a journey to the “Land of the Rising Sun”!

  • Kekkai are incredibly disturbing creatures of Japanese folklore. They’re depicted as small, ugly, monkey-like creatures that have hair growing backwards and two tongues. Kekkai occasionally come from pregnant mothers instead of children! When birthed, Kekkai will try to escape, scampering to the floorboards. If this nasty critter escapes, it will come back later and brutally murder the mother. (UGH!) This yokai was created with the intention to warn mothers about birth defects during child birth. You can stop a Kekkai by using a large spatula called a shamoji, and swatting it before it has a chance to escape.  

kekkai

  • Koto furunushi are extremely strange objects of Japanese mythology. They’re essentially the spirits of old Kotos. These yokai look like wild beasts, and are capable of playing any song that was ever played on them. The yokai will play when nobody is around, and this will cause everyone to wonder where the music is coming from. Koto furunushi prefer to play old and often forgotten musical pieces.

furunushi

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Yokai Wednesdays

Creatures found on yokai.com

Konbanwa, everyone! It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to take a look at some more unique yokai. Now, let’s go on a journey to the “Land of the Rising Sun”!

  • Kijimuna are energetic creatures of Japanese folklore. They resemble small children with bright red hair and grass skirts. Male types of this species are known to have large testicles. Kijimuna can only be found in the southern chain of Okinawa. They live in bayan trees, and love to eat fish heads. The yokai’s main enemy is the octopus, and they will try to hide from them whenever possible.

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  • Kodama are powerful spirits of Japanese mythology. They’re guardians of the forest, and are the animated souls of the trees. While rarely seen, Kodama can resemble small orbs of light, or funny humanoid figures. Cutting down an ancient tree will leave a community in ruins. Kodama bless the lands around their forests, and people honor them by marking the trees with a sacred rope called a shimenawa.

kodama

Yokai Wednesdays

Info about yokai found on yokai.com

Konbanwa, everyone! It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to take a look at some more fascinating yokai. Now, let’s go on a journey to the “Land of the Rising Sun”!

  • Tennyo are wonderful creatures of Japanese mythology. They’re depicted as gorgeous women with flying capabilities. They love to visit Earth, and perform various tasks with elegance and grace. Tennyo live on heaven and love to entertain people.

tennyo 

  • Kanbari nyudo is a disgustingly bizarre creature of Japanese folklore. It resembles a giant priest covered in thick hair. This yokai appears outside bathrooms on New Year’s Eve, and blows a cuckoo out of its mouth. It’ll try to touch the person using the toilet, and may even inflict constipation. (WTF?!)

nyod

Asher’s Art Gallery (Mondays)

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and my Gallery is open once again! I hope you guys are ready for some awesome paintings. Now, explore to your hearts’ content!

  • A Table of Desserts by Jan Davidsz De Heem Oil on Canvas 1640

This is a very old painting that can make viewers feel on edge. The work depicts an extravagant spread of various pastries, fruits, and pies. The arrangement of the sweets is almost overwhelming in quality, and the fetishization of food is a nice touch. If you decide to dive deeper into the piece, you will find some depictions of “Memento Mori”. Some of the food is half eaten, and this can elude the eventual end of a person’s life. I believe that the artist created this work in order to show the fragility of life. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this piece in the comments’ section below.

table of dessert

  • Wings of Sun by Larry Carlson 2013 digital photography (info about work from Larry Carlson’s website larrycarlson.com)

Here we have another insane work by “Computer Guru”, Larry Carlson. This piece has a layering of colors, which adds a blurring effect to the female figure. She appears to be holding a glowing mandala that is radiating a trippy rainbow. The background of the work is a gorgeous blue sky with patches of purple scattered all around. The layered colors can also give off the illusion of a person in motion. I’d love to hear what you guys think of this painting in the comments’ section below.

LARRY CARLSON, Wings of Sun, digital photography, 2013.

Asher’s Manga Museum (Sundays)

Info about manga from toriko.wikia.com and en.wikipedia.org

Hello fellow manga lovers! It’s Sunday, and my museum is open once again. I hope you are ready for this weeks’ exhibit. Now, I declare the new exhibit officially open!

Toriko by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro  Starting Date: May 19,2008  #of volumes: 40+ Rated T for teen Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy.

Toriko is an incredibly unique and amazing series that will have you hooked from day one. The story takes place in the Gourmet Age, a time of amazing food and dangerous animals. People hire a special group of individuals called the “Gourmet Hunters” to capture and deliver the most dangerous foods. These wild beasts have capture levels based on their ferocity. Komatsu, the head chef of a six-star restaurant in Hotel Gourmet, is sent out to hire a Gourmet Hunter named Toriko. The boss of Hotel Gourmet wants to serve the meat of the most prized Alligator called the Garara Gator. The Garara Gator has a capture level of 8, and is the size of a tank! Our first glimpse of Toriko is one of shock and awe. He is a huge 7ft 2in man with a ridiculous appetite and astronomical strength. Komatsu tags along with Toriko, and they finally find the colossal gator. This is when we first see Toriko at full power. Using his hand like a knife, he chops the gator in half! As the story progress, Komatsu and Toriko get closer, and eventually they become cooking partners. This is one series that I have to recommend to absolutely everyone. The entire story is very unique, and the food depicted in the anime will make your mouth permanently water. The manga is chalk full of colorful characters, and equally delicious foods. I believe that one of the morals of the series is that size does not matter as long as you have a good heart and determination. Be warned! When watching the anime, have some snacks close by, you will need them!

Final Rating: 9.5/10

     food

Asher’s Art Gallery (Mondays)

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and my gallery is open once again. I hope guys are ready for some new pieces. Now, have fun exploring the gallery!

  • The Blaze by Rene Magritte Oil on canvas 1943: Here, we have a very unique piece by the Fantastic Surrealist”, Rene Magritte. It is a very powerful work, and his brilliant use of colors really bring it to life. The main objects in the painting are leaves, which appear to be covering something. The background is a raging blend of red and orange. It is ironic that the leaves are used in place of trees, and this trickery is one of the main tools of a Surrealist. The work also has a humanistic vibe, with the patterns on the leaves resembling veins. I thoroughly enjoy this painting, and would love to hear what you think of it the the comments’ section below.

the blaze

 

  • Land of Magica by Larry Carlson Chromogenic Print 2013 (info about piece from Larry Carlson’s website larrycarlson.com) 

Now, it is time to dive into the psychedelic world of Larry Carlson! This work is a tumultuous blend of vivid landscapes and amoeba-like patterns. The background is sky blue with an assortment of bubbly clouds. On the ground, we see curvy bushes and a multi-headed UFO creature. The sky is even weirder, as it is covered with globular monstrosities. Dynamic, colorful, and absolutely insane, this is one painting you are not going to forget! I love to hear what you guys think of this work in the comments’ section below.

 

LARRY CARLSON, Land of Magica, c-print, 36x48in, 2013.

Asher’s Art Gallery (Mondays)

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and my gallery is open once again! I hope you guys are ready for some new pieces. Now, have fun exploring my gallery!

  • Frizz by Larry Carlson chromogenic print on paper 2009 (info about art piece found on Larry Carlson’s website larrycarlson.com) Here we have another fantastic art piece by “Computer Guru”, Larry Carlson. This work blends trippy patterns with human profiles. The center of the piece portrays a green-eyed female face surrounded by psychedelic electricity. As always, Carlson’s brilliant use of colors is a wonderful sight to behold. This is definitely a piece that I could see on a T-shirt, and I absolutely adore it. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

 

LARRY CARLSON, FRIZZ - 9, c-print, 30x34in., 2009.

 

 

  • Battle of Fishes by Andre Masson 1926 Sand, gesso, oil, pencil, and charcoal on canvas (info about piece found on moma.org) This is a very unique piece by “French Surrealist”, Andre Masson. The figures in the work remind me of deep sea fish, and the style of drawing is very similar to my own. This is one of the instances when less color can create more emotion. The use of sand is absolutely fantastic, and really adds to the aquatic theme. The “fish” look more like ferocious, razor-toothed beasts, and I believe that this relates to the dangers of the ocean. I would love to hear your opinions in the comments’ section below.

battle of the fishes