|Shōki The Demon Slayer|
Sorry for the lack of updates. Things have changed recently as I have gone back to work full time. I leave the house at 8:30am and am not home usually until around 7pm. I really didn’t want to go back to work for such long hours but sometimes we really don’t get to choose what we want out of life. So, my hobby has pretty much suffered and has been somewhat neglected.
I say somewhat because as usual, I always have my eyes open for certain additions or embellishments for the ryokan. I managed to find around the beginning of June a bunch of baskets (17 in all) that came from an Ebay seller from Thailand. I had been searching for months for fishing baskets (even looking on Etsy for basket makers) with no luck. I searched the internet for instructions and where to buy materials to make them myself but couldn’t find the materials. I was about to make a $25 purchase for 7 little hand made baskets when I happened upon the Ebay offer. Seventeen for around a few dollars more for shipping. I am so glad I made the purchase and even if it took around a month to arrive, I was pleasantly surprised! The quality was very high. The pieces were more than I had hoped for and I think they add a nice touch to the back house area where the fishing equipment is. I understood from the listing and the person who sells them that they are typical little souvenir basket type objects sold in gift shops in Thailand. I just hope no little children were involved in their manufacture.
|Fishing baskets in place out back.|
|Inside the buddha room.|
|Mini basket and daruma doll.|
|Gluing the fish in place.|
|Bucket of eels and threaded fish|
|Salted fish container now full.|
|Hanging fish and eels waiting to be grabbed and skinned!|
“He was said to be the ghost of an unsuccessful candidate for an official position in the Chinese bureaucracy who committed suicide after he was unfairly disqualified in the imperial examinations, but in his afterlife became a benevolent guardian. Supposedly, he appeared in a dream to the Chinese emperor and vowed to fight all demons, especially those that cause disease. A picture of this supernatural warrior was considered an auspicious object that would promote the health and well-being of everyone in the home in which it was displayed, particularly that of children...”I thought it was pretty funny how in the afterlife a politician agrees to do good and even come back to protect people. But what I liked most was that the banner designed by Hokusai was created for a festival (then only for boys but today for all children) which is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month and is the same one that uses the koi kites which area already on display on the outside porch of the ryokan. So Shōki fit right in.
I printed a reduced version of him on some rice paper, then attached some thin wooden strips with glue to simulate the banner staffs. I then glued a small straw onto the wooden railing and inserted the banner there. It’s not glued in. That so I can change banners if I want in future.
|Trimming Shōki for fitting on his banner staffs.|
|Shōki protecting everyone in the house.|
Well, that’s about it for now. I am still looking for a nice 1/20 scale bicycle to add to the outside but no luck so far. But I’m patient. I figure like everything up till now, I’ll come across it when I least expect it.