Golden Week

Time goes by so fast! We’ve been here for over a month now and have been quite busy with school. Ward is drawing a 40-page manga for his class about Dutch folklore, and it will be exhibited in the Manga Museum next year! The story is about “de Solse gat” and it’s going to be a bit of a horror manga :) Marthe is working in a team on her own game concept which will actually be published next year, though anymore details are secret since she had to sign an NDA… The teachers guiding this project have worked at major Japanese companies like Square Enix and Nintendo, and have been part of huge titles such as Chrono Trigger and the Mother series.

Very busy with school, but spring break is here! In Japan, the spring holidays are kind of at the same time as he Dutch ones actually, though the meaning is different. For instance, April 30th is Greenery Day, and May 5th is Children’s day. May 3rd is Constitution day, and together they form GOLDEN WEEK, the Spring break for whole of Japan. Well, since we’re right in the middle of Golden Week right now, we thought why not visit some nice places here in Japan?

So, we went to Kurama, a place slightly north of Kyoto. Kurama is an important place in Japanese mythology, as it is the home of Sojobo, King of the Tengu.Tengu are supernatural creatures, they have a very long nose, and can appear human/bird like. The legend tells that Sojobo taught the art or war and swordmanship to Minamoto no Yoshitsune, who later became a famous Japanese General. This is just one of the many stories. Maybe we should ask him if he wants to teach us the art of drawing and painting someday :)

We did not see any Tengu today, but what we did see was a beautiful temple complex, together with HUGE Japanese cedar trees. Its quite the walk to the top (lots kilometers of stairs), but that doesn’t discourage the Japanese. Grandads and high heeled girls alike, everyone hikes to the top.