I blogged about the catfish before when I was in Japan in fall 2009.
The catfish is an ancient symbol of earthquakes (see namazu-e (catfish woodblockprint)
at the right) and it's still used in warning posters today (left).
The idea is that there's this giant catfish under the earth and its movements cause
While I was in Tokyo I became intrigued with the Namazu and made these two drawings
in my sketchbook.
At that time it felt like it was a silly creature and its symbolic meaning had nothing to do
with reality. Even though I've been to Japan six times I never experienced an earthquake
so I could not imagine what it would be like. I still can't, but internet an television gave me
an impression these past days.
I'm very worried and sad, but thankfully all our friends in Japan are safe. I wish them and
everybody else in Japan the best and I hope things will get better very soon. Ganbare!