Fujin and Raijin are amongst the most famous of the Japanese kami. They rule over, respectively, wind and thunder. Often, they will be depicted together because they rivaled each other. Fujin, or Futen, is a wizard-like deity who carries a bag full of winds with him. Raijin, or Raiden, is a demonic deity who beats drums to summon thunder. The battles between the two oft create thunderstorms and in such weather, parents will sometimes tell their children to hide their bellybuttons. It is rumoured that Raijin likes to eat children's abdomens and this way he could not spot them and take them away. It is extremely common to see imagery of these two kami in Japan, including on postcards, pens and even at the gates leading to temples. For instance, whilst wandering through Tokyo, we came across their massive two statues beyond the Thunder Gate of the Asakusa shrine. They have also inspired many pop-cultural personas, including some from Warcraft III, Final Fantasy VIII and anime like Naruto. #mytholana#wanderlana#japanesemythology
Who are we seeing later tonight at this month's Anime Night Free Screening at the Encounter Comics and Games in Allentown?
It's Space Battleship Yamato 2199 month again! This is the second to last Anime Night that will feature the Yamato (episode 26 is the finale), as long time attendees of our Anime Night with The Encounter know we have been showing Yamato every few months to get the whole series in, this month we are screening episodes 17 through 20. Following the screening we will have some giveaways and the return of our Anime Night Trivia with prizes!
Please note we will be on Saturday night at 8 PM again this month instead of our longstanding Sunday night at 7 PM.
The Encounter is located at 811 Union Boulevard, Allentown PA 18101