This hand-painted satsuma circa 1950-60s depicts a sly fox playing a marriage ritual, its hairy leg showing from a loosely clad kimono.
The term [fox’s wedding, Japanese expression] can refer to several things: atmospheric ghost lights, a phenomenon during which it appears as if paper lanterns from a wedding procession are floating through the dark; that which is commonly referred to as a sunshower; or various strange wedding processions that can be seen in classical Japanese kaidan, essays, and legends. [Foxes are known to] often play tricks on humans in Japanese legend; various Shinto rituals and festive rites relating to the [fox’s wedding] have been developed in various parts of Japan.
Sunshower’s folkloric names are curiously similar in many cultures across the world!
Contributors: Sakura Gonzo, Kumi Dreves, Mika J.,
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