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The KATANA Art of Nalu Miyamoto 4: Princess Shirayuki

We continue with the Katana Papercutting Art of Nalu Miyamoto. Nalu shares with us – Princess Shirayuki– the fourth of her  series on Japanese princesses (some real and some mythical).

Katana Papercutting Art #4:
“Princess Shirayuki”

NM: Princess Shirayuki, who is also the incarnation of the dragon goddess, being bound by Yashagaike pond by one promise with village people about “striking the bell”.

If the village  people forget to strike the bell, she would be able to meet her love the prince of Senyamine. One day, the villagers broke that promise, Princess Shirayuki transformed into a dragon goddess to see her love again.

This is the story of “Yasyagaike” from Japanese author Kyoka Izumi.

白雪姫(泉鏡花「夜叉ケ池」)
龍神の化身でもある白雪姫は、人との「鐘撞き」の約束により夜叉ケ池に縛られている。白雪姫が思い人である剣ケ峰の若君の元へゆくためには、人が鐘を撞くことを怠ること。その約束を人が破った日、白雪姫は龍神となり若君の元へと飛び立つ。

“Princess Shirayuki”
Katana Papercutting Art by NALU MIYAMOTO

Learn more about Princess Shirayuki and The Demon Pond

Here is the fourth haiku that Sairi Yoshino, a poet-friend of Nalu, has especially written to accompany the artist’s Katana art:
Dragons soar the heavens
lovers lie at the bottom of the water 
Dyeing the water red

天翔る 二人の水底 朱に染め

Haiku by Sairi Yoshino
俳句 吉野 彩里
English translation by Nalu Miyamoto

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