Namazu

I haven’t had much time to write lately. We were travelling with our parents. So, once more, just a quick short entry….

IMG_4525That’s a sign on the main road close to where we live. Apparently the road becomes an emergency road during major earthquakes. Good for us to have it so close, but I hope we will never experience it being closed off.

According to Japanese myth the cause of earthquakes is the giant catfish Namazu or Namazu-e (the second term refers to the woodcuts of Namazu) living buried in the underground. Namazu is one of the yo-kai (in a very broad sense translatable as “monster”), creatures of Japanese mythology and folklore that were associated or caused misfortune or disasters. By moving his tail he can shake the entire earth and unfortunately he loves to cause trouble and havoc.

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