This is a mural that I was allowed to paint in an entire room that I created on Shodoshima Island.
Japanese artist. Illustrator and author of picture books and murals. Lives and works in Nagoya (as of 2018).
As the second phase of the Shodoshima Art Project, the island's first reinforced concrete building, built 93 years ago, was transformed into a contemporary art museum in its original form. In addition to 10 original works by Keiji Uematsu, Nobuko Watanabe, Yoshinobu Nakagawa, and others, the museum exhibits a collection of 60 contemporary artworks and 40 "works related to Shodoshima.
The nearby brick warehouse was transformed into a new building (ANNEX), featuring installations by ZUGA-KURI (ZUGA Kohsaku + KURI-Eito) and Namekawa Miza.
The eight islands of Japan sprang into existence through Divine Intervention.The first two gods who came into existence were Izanagi no Mikoto and Izanami no Mikoto, the Exalted Male and Exalted Female. It was their job to make the land for people to live on.They went to the bridge between heaven and earth and, using a jewel-encrusted halberd, Izanagi and Izanami churned up the sea into a frothy foam. As salty drips of water fell from the tip of the halberd the first island was formed. Its name was Onogoro.So far, so good. But when Izanagi and Izanami first met on their island, Izanami spoke to Isanagi without being spoken to first. Since she was the female, and this was improper, their first union created badly-formed offspring who were sent off into the sea in boats.The next time they met, Izanagi was sure to speak first, ensuring the proper rules were followed, and this time they produced eight children, which became the islands of Japan.I'm sure you did not fail to miss the significance of this myth for the establishment of Japanese formal society.At present, Japan is the financial capital of Asia. It has the second largest economy in the world and the largest metropolitan area (Tokyo.)Technically there are three thousand islands making up the Japanese archipelago. Izanagi and Izanami must have been busy little devils with their jewelled halberd...Japan's culture is highly technical and organized. Everything sparkles and swooshes on silent, miniaturized mechanisms.They're a world leader in robotics, and the Japanese have the longest life-expectancy on earth.Text by Steve Smith.