Wa! Osoroshii!


Nazar Boncuğu

Originally uploaded by oschene

When Oschene’s amazing origami construction “Nazar Boncuğu” came to my attention recently, I immediately thought of Mizuki Shigeru’s Medama Oyaji. It wouldn’t have come to mind at all except that I spent a small part of nearly each day in 2010 watching an asa dora (morning soap opera) called ゲゲゲの女房・Gegege no Nyōbō – “Gegege’s Wife.” Medama Oyaji made his appearance frequently.

Needless to say, like many, I love the world of fantasy where faeries, witches, goblins and other fantastical creatures weave in and out of our ‘real’ world through magic or some other force. Ah…who knows? Sometimes we see them, sometimes we don’t…the ideas are as old as the hills.

I was introduced to them not just through western storybooks but through ideas that seeped in through my neighborhood chums (at least). There were spirits or the unseen that observed our daily lives, a kappa that lived in the stream across the road that might grab me unexpectedly if I was near there at the wrong time, then there spirits that had to be warded off if I looked in the wrong direction or at the wrong object.

Maybe I needed a Nazar Boncuğu! It’s a good luck amulet – but  I saw something fantastic, out of that “other” world. Seeing it was also a reminder that summer is just around the corner and I’ll be engaged with some of those “fantastic” and spooky or “creepy crawlies” in a workshop at Artspace. Actually, we’ll be looking at the elements of nature that take us to this fantastical world of yokai. So, the title of my class is called Waa! Osoroshii! It’s Scary! So we’ll see what’s scary…or not.

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4 Responses to “Wa! Osoroshii!”

  1. jude Says:

    just wonderful work.

  2. neki rivera Says:

    what fun!!

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