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Hitogai - “人貝” - [7 Mermaids of Fukushimagata Lagoon #3/7]
this ones another variant of "Umidebito" with one major difference: this ones in a conch shell boat, cute right??? - If you look closely at the original pic [last Image] She even seems to be jet propelled!! – the attached story goes something like this:
"A 5-colored light appeared on the Fukushima lagoon, so a man went to go check it out – The light responded: "For the next five years there will be a great harvest: but a bad cold will spread and 60% of the world's people will die. If you draw and paste my image, you will be spared." so the man drew it and then went home to show it to his wife."
[The 7 Daughters of Fukushimagata Lagoon] - are Shellfish Mermaids sometimes known as "Ningyo" but also fall under the catagory of "kaijin" or "glittering fish." – they are prophetic yokai who appeared in a lagoon in Niigata (in 1849 and the surrounding years.) - they where mentioned in "The Fujioka-ya Nikki" (Diary of Fujioka-ya) describing sixteen similar prints that where produced and sold as charms in the summer of 1852 during the summer months, when diseases where prevalent: Every single one of these mermaids where said to have given off a radiant, glowing light, deliver a prophecy of a great harvest, a warning of a terrible, epidemic and a blessing. (basically identical to yokai like #Amabie (& more specifically #Umidebito) So, if you look at them you'll supposedly survive the current problem be well! - it never hurts to have more lucky yokai right?]
Sticker Art by @Samkalensky (yo thats me!) - Part of my Night parade of 100 Demons - Yokai & Japanese folklore sticker collection, weather resistant 4" Glossy sticker. Check my shop & follow @samkalensky for many more!
- [Last pic is the original from the yumoto koichi collection/mononoke museum.]