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« on: August 08, 2019 08:54:00 AM »

This one's a little silly, but I'm actually really pleased with how it turned out so I'm gonna share it anyway. Smiley 



This was another item for Gish (goofy annual international scavenger hunt game/charity event).  The assignment was to write a haiku about an animal on the IUCN Red List, along with a drawing or origami version of the animal.  (one of the least absurd Gish items ever!)

I figured since they were asking for Japanese art forms, I may as well do it in Japanese!  I composed the (very, very informal, to the point of silliness) haiku myself, but this beautiful penmanship was actually done by the teacher at the giant calligraphy workshop I attended during Gish week!  She was SO kind to humor me and write this out!  Haiku normally include specific words referencing the seasons and have other rules as well, but I only followed the 5-7-5 syllables rule.

The haiku reads:
Unagi-chan
Zetsumetsu kiki ya
Yabai nen

Or roughly:
Little eel
Endangered
Oh sh**!  (Or "yikes," or "oh no!" or any number of other possible translations)

It's also in the Osaka dialect, because that's what I speak. Smiley

After I took my notebook home with the haiku in the teacher's amazing handwriting, I drew some eels with some brush pens and scrapbooked it all together on some Japanese paper.  The eel decoration posing in the corner of this photo is also hand made, but not by me (and it's made out of sacks used in the sake distilling process, which is pretty awesome!).

I chose the Japanese eel (nihon unagi) for this project because I adore eels, mostly because of my silly eel plushie photo blog, https://www.instagram.com/katsuyukimoray .  I hope the Gish judges like this as much as I do!  By the way, while the Japanese eel is a species of concern, its numbers ARE increasing due to human effort to conserve them!  Hooray!
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« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2019 08:57:27 AM »

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« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2019 09:13:07 AM »

Love this haiku and project! The red floral paper really draws my eye in and those little drawings are adorable!

But now I feel guilty for eating unagi sushi  Undecided Is it one type of eel that is endangered? And is it a different/un-endangered eel served in sushi restaurants? I've started skipping salmon because I heard their numbers are depleting... anyway, sorry to sidetrack your awesome craft! I can do my own research before eating out again  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2019 11:28:26 AM »

This is so cute it almost hurts. The calligraphy is beautiful and you've set it off very well with the black border and red paper. BUT THE EEEEEEEEEEEEELS! Cheesy Seriously, those are precious. Excellent brushstroke work. Also, your photo blog is adorable. I was looking at it yesterday. Grin
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« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2019 03:06:39 PM »

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« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2019 05:10:12 PM »

Ack! This is so cute, I can hardly even stand it!
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« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2019 11:27:28 PM »

Thanks so much, everyone!  Glad people like it even though it's so goofy Smiley

kartiana, it is the nihon unagi (Conger eel) that's on the list, but it's currently a species of least concern and actually increasing in population right now, thankfully!

EriChanHime, so glad you like the photo blog!  It's actually a pretty major hobby for me, lol.  I usually update it several times a day but have been falling a bit behind lately.  I hope to start posting more regularly again next week!
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« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2019 02:02:45 AM »

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