Thursday, February 17, 2022

Surreal & Psychedelic Shisa of Ishigaki Island

 


Just across the road from Yonehara Beach in central Ishigaki Island, Okinawa, is the Yoneko Yaki craft centre where you can see and buy, among other things,  examples of traditional Okinawan shisa.


However, outside you can see a wide variety of large, colorful statues that seem to be based on shisa.


Their shaes seem alien and surreal, and their color schemes are very vibrant and somewhat psychadelic. 

They are sray-painted so also have the feel of graffiti art.


We were there in the off-season and the lace was closed so were unable to find out about the origin and history of them.


However, they were whimsical without being kawaii, the Japanese cultural style that seems to be growing into a dominant format, that also seems to be very popular. I personally find kawaii somewhat offensive, but then I don't enjoy Marvel superhero movies , so what do I know.


2 comments:

  1. I somehow missed this place when I went snorkeling at Yonehara Beach.

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  2. they are really quite super-monsterlin !
    thank you !
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