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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.