Amabie [JP: アマビエ]
• About this Yokai:
a strange Ningyo (Mermaid) that appeared in Kumamoto Japan - Mid-may 1846, a faint glow had been spotted off the shore of japan for several nights so a government official had been asked to go investigate.
There he saw a mermaid with Long hair, x3 legs (tails?), a beak & a fish-like body covered in scales: the creature introduced itself as "An Amabie that came from the Sea" it then gave the official, both a prediction & a blessing:
– "Good harvest will continue for six years from the current year; if disease spreads, show a picture of me to those who fall ill and they will be cured." –
The creature then lept into the tides and was not seen again! – After the event in 1846: the drawing was reproduced in woodblock printed newsletters & distributed to the masses so that the creature's supposed healing effect would reach as many people as possible.
– Amabie. Woodblock print, late Edo period, dated Kōka 3 (1846). (The official wasn't an artist but he tried his best!!!) –
People were so invested: that for a while, carrying a picture of it with you in your wallet was considered a trendy way to ward off diseases!!! – (hopefully, my stickers have a similar effect!)
• See also: Yogenju.
Much more recently: Amabie has been trending & being drawn in in response to the COVID-19 Corona virus: She's even appeared on television, across multiple channels, shes been venerated at shrines (fol and even on the bottoms of airplanes. – Despite the times changing and the world feeling very much on edge: its kind of nice that people still look to the past & folktales for good luck, entertainment maybe a pinch of hope.
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!