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Kitsune men (Fox Mask)


I am delighted to have been invited to take part in both the first and now the second Eshi 100 Exhibitions! The theme this year is ‘The Four Seasons of Japan’ and I found it difficult to make up my mind what to draw (-_-;). However, all the time I was thinking about it I had an image in the back of my mind of a fox mask, yukata kimono (summer festivals) and foxfire. The problem was how to express these in my own way. A dreamlike festival... a torii shrine gateway standing in a forest, surrounded by foxfire resembling the light of fireflies... I could not make up my mind what to do, but my main images of foxes were the ‘foxes wedding procession’ and the Inari Shrine in Fushimi so in the end I decided to mix these two to create the background.
Naturally the 1,000 torii in the rear of the scene are not really those belonging to the Inari Shrine, they are the gateway to another world. We can see the foxes' wedding procession behind the girl... she has removed her mask and is looking back with a warning in her eye, as if to say, ‘if you come any further, you will be unable to return’. The fox mask with the shining eyes is looking our way as if inviting us into its world.
tsukasa_jun yukata

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