あけましておめでとう! Happy New Year!

Out with the Year of the Horse, in with the Year of the Sheep/Ram/Goat/whatever-I’m-not-celebrating-until-Lunar-New-Year-on-February-19th-silly-Gregorian-switch.

My biggest goal for this year is it to try to wrap up the Kojiki (and Fudoki) mythology manga series. This is a bit of a preview in the nengajo (New Year greeting card), as there are many new characters to bring in. Not sure yet how best to introduce them all. Even when it’s not Kamiarizuki when 8 million kami are in the Izumo area, the San’in region has a wide pantheon.

In the 2013 Nengajo, it was easy to fit the Year of the Snake theme since I wrote about the Yamata-no-Orochi that year. In the 2014 Nengajo I was able to loosely include a horse in the Kunibiki illustration because there are semi-wild horses out in the Oki Islands. As for the sheep, well, I guess a harvest goddess like Mihotsu-hime would get along with a sheep? Stretching things, I know. I should start thinking now about how to incorporate monkeys next year…

At this point I also foresee other exchange programs that will keep me busy, and there are a handful of annual festivals in Shimane and Tottori that I hope I’ll be able to get to this time around.

Have a cup of matcha, Readers–or a cup of Izumo ginger tea like I’m enjoying to stay warm. I’m taking some time off and will be back to reply to comments next week. Let’s enjoy a healthy year of new experiences!

Start reading about the legends associated with this piece!
Okuninushi’s expanding family and rule over the land
The birth of Sada-no-Okami
Amaterasu’s messengers come to request Okuninushi’s land

See the other Nengajo!
2013
2014
2016

See the Kojiki a.t.b.b. masterlist!
The Kojiki Myths in Manga Form

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