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Namazu-e Earthquake catfish Japan

Posted by rod - 01.09.2011

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The 1855 Great Ansei earthquake which struck the city of Edo (now Tokyo) was one of the major disasters, claiming 7,000 lives. In less than  a few days a new colour woodblock print named namazu-e became famous throughout the city. The prints depicted the mythical giant catfish who, according to legends caused the earthquakes.  Legends also say that the god Kashima keeps the Namazu under control, using a large rock. The 1855 earthquake happened because Kashima left the city, leaving Ebisu (God of fishing and commerce) in charge. via pinktentacle

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