Dimensions: 229.7cm X 9950cm
Location: Private Collection
Traditionally in Japan, earthquakes, thunder, fire, and fathers represent the things that are generally feared by people. The authority of fathers is long gone, however, earthquakes, thunder and fire are still feared. There are famous paintings by Sotatsu, Korin and Houitsu in which the Wind God and the Thunder God are personified. But there are also wall paintings in Dunhuang, China or Scroll Painting in Japan where these gods appear. We call thunder ‘Kaminari-sama” with respect, and I think it is because even with the fear we have towards thunder, we also have feelings of awe and respect towards it at the same time. I painted this painting because I wanted to express my own version of the Wind and Thunder Gods.