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Readers’ Gallery: Chas’ “Snake in the bush” diorama

New forum member Chas shared pictures of this very creative diorama he did of a Japanese paratrooper- having an encounter with a snake!

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This morning I was wondering about an appropriate title, so I did some research on the old Japanese dialogue “Kanji”. To say the least I was very surprised to find “Yabuhebi” – meaning “a snake in the bush”. The word is used in Japanese superstition, meaning to reap ill fortune from an unnecessary act. It comes from the likelihood that poking a bamboo bush (yabu) may flush a snake.

What a perfect title for this vignette! Of course, the title does [not] confirm my belief in Japanese superstition nor do I condone it. I’m simply using the word for its literary effect, and for art’s sake.

3 thoughts on “Readers’ Gallery: Chas’ “Snake in the bush” diorama”

  1. Wow, Chas, it came out great! I was following along on your thread as you painted the figure, but I thought he looked kind of odd, by himself on a painting block. I was curious to see what the final setting would be. He fits really well, I like your idea for the scene, and it worked out well that you found a really fitting title for it, too. Excellent!


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