Vanilla with Kombu Green, CaféAu Lait, White & Firebrick Red Japanese Dragon Print
Dragons are complex creatures in Japanese myth. Neither the terrifying beasts of European stories, nor the lucky omens of Chinese myth, Japanese dragons play many roles, and lie somewhere in between.
For instance, the terrifying eight-headed dragon Orochi, slain by the god Susanoo after terrorising the local people. The legend says Susanoo built a wall around the village with eight openings, leaving a barrel of sake at each one. As the terrifying beast Orochi drank, Susanoo cut off the dragon’s heads one-by-one, the now drunken beast unable to defend himself. After an almighty battle, the god eventually slays the dragon, saving the village and its people.
There is also Ryujin, also known as Watasumi, the ruler of the seas. Said to live at the bottom of the ocean and control the tides, he is also said to take to dry land, taking human form. Myth claims him to be the ancestor of Japan’s first emperor, and as such is a central figure of the country’s mythology. With the sea playing such a pivotal role in the history of this island nation, this aligns perfectly with reality.
Made From 36oz 'Extra Soft' Silk Twill 100% Pure Silk • Dry Clean Only
Printed and Handcrafted in England
Dimensions: Tip to Tip 120cm, Width of Blade 15cm, Width of Neck 5cm, Neck Length 37cm