"In November 1855, the Great Ansei Earthquake struck the city of Edo (now Tokyo), claiming 7,000 lives and inflicting widespread damage. Within days, a new type of color woodblock print known as namazu-e (lit. "catfish pictures")
became popular among the residents of the shaken city. These prints featured depictions of mythical giant catfish (namazu) who, according to popular legend, caused earthquakes by thrashing about in their underground lairs. In addition to providing humor and social commentary, many prints claimed to offer protection from future earthquakes."
HD Video of the world's second largest aquarium tank at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Japan (via)
. [more inside]
Japanese onsen are now offering fish pedicures, where little flesh eating fishes nibble your toes. It's very youtube
, but there's a longer video report here
Japan's National Diet Library Gallery
has been mentioned here before, but the Pink Tentacle blog
came across some fantastic late Edo period illustrations
in the NDL Gallery by Kurimoto Tanshu (栗本丹洲, 1756 - 1834). Apparently he was a doctor, but he seems to be better known for his hundreds of biological illustrations. Many are of sea creatures
, but there are also quite a few other plants
. ranging from realistic renditions
to bizarre creatures
. A huge and varied collection, but all are equally fascinating.
"Sometimes fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing direction.
You change direction, but the sandstorm chases you".
writes about love
and -- in his new novel "Kafka on the Shore" -- mackerel raining from the sky
. He is so famous
that he was forced to flee the country
, and now the rest
of the globe (.pdf file)
catching on to his singular vision
. More inside.
Tsukiji Fish Market
: A Digital Walk-Through. [more]