The Dragon as a Motif in Japanese Art

The dragon or ryu is probably the most famous of mythical creatures.  It represents the Yang of the universe.  The dragon motif came from western Asia, its origins derived from a snake cult.  Ironically, though represented as a fiery being, the dragon is actually a rain deity associated with water and possesses the power to […]

Twelve Animal Signs of the Japanese/Chinese Oriental Zodiac

The twelve animal signs of the Japanese/Chinese Oriental Zodiac are considered lucky and it is said that ones character and personality can be predicted by one’s sign.

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