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Fukuzasa juyo (Bestowing Lucky Bamboo Charms)


Hello, my name is Kazue Yamamoto and this is the first time I have taken part in the 'Eshi 100’ exhibition. The fact is that when I visited the last exhibition I talked with the organizers and was invited to take part this year. The theme for this year is ‘a Japanese scene' and so I chose to depict the Ebisu festival that is held at Imamiya Shrine in my hometown of Osaka. The shrine is dedicated to the god of commerce, Ebisu, and the festival is held to pray for prosperity in business so it can be said that this traditional festival symbolizes the mercantile city of Osaka. The image of the shrine maidens handing out the lucky bamboo charms is particularly pretty and even as a woman I find it most attractive. For this exhibition I have taken one scene from this festival to use as the subject of my picture. When we receive the bamboo twigs from these smiling girls, it provides us with the energy to work for another year. With the passage of time, the importance of the Ebisu festival has changed, but the smiling faces of the shrine maidens continues to provide people with the energy to keep going. It was with this thought in mind that I created this work.
kimono yamamoto_kazue

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