Today, I was following a free-flowing web discursion and ended up looking into Japanese folklore, where I ran into the tsukimono, or possessed thing. There is a grand tradition in Japan of many things becoming possessed by spirits, even flip-flops (zori’s), paper umbrellas, and other everyday tools; not to mention, human possession by foxes, snakes and other entities.
Here the truly odd thing though… a ways into my investigation, I landed on a manga artist, by the name of Mizuki Shigeru (I believe the attached image is one of his). Mizuki specialized in relating stories about tsukimono and yokkai, in fact you might say that he played a large role in keeping these ancient bits of Japanese culture alive for modern audiences. So, as I was looking at Mizuki’s Wikipedia article, I wondered how old he was. I looked at the birth date, and then, for some reason, as I was thinking, “I wonder if he’s still alive,” I liked for a date of death.
It was today. Mizuki Shigeru died today, in Japan. Whoa…
So in his honor, I’m attaching this article on tsukimono. Reading about him, he can’t across as a good guy, with a big impact on Japanese culture through his stories.
So what are the tsukimono in our cultures? The things that possess us, and pull us away from one another and from the real beauty of this world? That’s where this trail led me today, and I thought I would share it with you.
I love synchronicity like what happened to me today. Don’t you?