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*In the first half of 1846, a kawaraban, or cheaply printed broadside, recorded a strange account in Japan’s old Higo Province on Kyūshū island. A local government official had spotted a curious creature in the water one evening: a scaly, three-legged figure with long hair and a beak. Even more curious, it had warned him of a forthcoming illness and instructed him to draw and distribute its image for protection. A sketch was printed next to this account, and as the kawaraban spread, so did tales of this mysterious half-merperson, half-bird, from Kyūshū all the way to Edo.

*Known as Amabie, this yōkai, or spirit, has become associated with refuge from epidemics. It makes sense, then, that it has resurfaced during the global COVID-19 pandemic, only this time on social media. Illustrations of Amabie are circulating on Twitter and Instagram under the hashtags #amabie and #アマビエ; artists around the world are drawing and sharing Amabie in hopes of repelling disease, or at the very least honing their talents and finding community while social distancing.

WonderWartHog99 8 Mar 30
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For those who don't read Katakana, the ie is pronounced ee ay

Janus819 Level 7 Apr 1, 2020
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Yeah, I'll get right on that.

I sense sarcasm, Dr. Cooper.

@WonderWartHog99 Could be.

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salvation at hand?

TheDoubter Level 9 Mar 30, 2020

Just a demi-god wandering through.

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Hell... I guess it couldn't hurt. 😁

It'll spark a few conversation among the occidentals.

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