Like the ebony and ivory keys on a piano; like checks and balances; like peanut butter and jelly, Fujin and Raijin complete each other. The Japanese Gods of Wind and Thunder (respectively), they are nearly always pictured together, riding on the darkening clouds of an oncoming storm. Raijin bangs his thunder-drums and hurls lightning at humans and their defenseless bellybuttons. Fujin, like his breezy Greek coworker Aeolus, hauls the raging winds around in a sac and sends them screaming down to earth. They've spent uncountable eons together, ravaging the world with storms and typhoons.
One has to wonder, though, about their relationship. After all, it can't be easy spending so much time together. Particularly when they are both such strong, distinct personalities. I don't think it's an accident that artists often depict them in the midst of a spat.
Modern artists' stormy relationship with these two demonic looking gods is the theme of Gallery G2's 風雷暴 / Fujin Raijin Exhibition starting this Thursday in Ginza. I'll be showing a piece or two myself...which is why I'm gonna cut this short so I can get back to work.
I plan on being in the gallery on the opening day (Oct. 1st), at least until the lack of sleep catches up with me, and on a few hours on Sunday Oct. 4th. And I'll be at the American Comics show at Gallery Kopis in Kiyosumi Shirakawa on Saturday Oct. 3rd from around 3pm until it closes at 5pm. Drop me a line to get times closer to the dates!