Draw Amabie to Beat Coronavirus
Nowadays two people get together and start talking about this coronavirus. In some places including China, Korea, Iran or Italy, the situation is critical. Japan is having a difficult time and almost all the public schools have been closed. I am worried about my families and friends, especially my grandma who is 94 years old.
While I’ve been seeking the information about the disease, I came across to this image.
“What a terrible drawing” was my first thought then I’ve noticed the text on the right. This is the article of a Kawaraban (瓦版), a newspaper in 1846, late Edo period.
“In the ocean of Higo (now Kumamoto prefecture), a thing that illuminates appeared. A public official investigated. It was a yokai called “Amabie”. It predicted a rich harvest in the next six years and told him that he should draw her and show it to others in case of a disease outbreak. Then she disappeared in the water.”
Amabie is drawn in the paper. Long hair, beak-like mouth, scales on the body and three legs. It looks like a weird mermaid. Not a pretty thing but I have to remind you that this is still a yokai, a monster.
Then how come this ancient yokai has become so popular?
It was this late February, a scroll shop specialised in yokai tweeted that there is a yokai who said people should draw me and show them to other people to prevent the outbreak. The shop continued, “Yokai illustrators, please draw Amabie”
Here are the result.
These are just a part of them. There are more and hopefully more to come. If you like to draw, please draw and share on SNS. You can also share with us.
Here is mine.
I hope this situation becomes under control. Staying home is no fun especially when one doesn’t feel bad. But maybe this is the time for us to learn to care about each other and be patient.