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Some artwork that I did for an upcoming gallery I'm going to be in, in April
the theme is Japanese ghost stories, so I decided to do something based off of the Okiku-chan* doll story, which is based off of an actual existing doll that currently resides in a temple in Iwamizawa Mannenji, in the Hokkaido Prefecture.
First painted and inked on watercolor paper, with Sakura Micron pens for the lineart, and sumi-e ink and brush for the hair. Then scanned and colored/textured on Photoshop. The red stamp is my signature, with my name in Chinese ^^
"This doll was originally purchased in 1918 by a young man named Eikichi Suzuki in Sapporo, where he saw a beautiful Japanese doll with a kimono. Eikichi purchased this doll for his 2 year-old sister named Okiku, who loved the doll and played with it every day.
But unfortunately, Okiku died shortly after that because of fever. Then at her funeral, the family wanted to include the doll in her coffin but somehow forgot. The girl’s family then put the doll on the household altar and prayed each day in order to commemorate Okiku.
Some time later, they noticed the hair on the doll starting to grow. They believed that the spirit of Okiku took refuge inside the doll.
In 1938 the family moved, and finally donated the doll in a temple in Hokkaido. According to the priest at the temple, traditional Japanese dolls are always short-haired, but has also confirmed that the doll’s hair continues to grow, despite the temple cutting it on a regular basis. According to the temple, the doll's hair has grown to at least 25 centimeters down, long enough to hit the doll's knees."
*No affiliation with the ghost lady who counts the plates >_>
The actual doll is pretty creepy looking O_O but this picture is just my personal interpretation of it, so it is a bit different