#15 & #16 "ao andon"
translation: blue lantern
"during the edo period, a popular summertime activity among the aristocratic classes was to gather and tell ghost stories, hoping the chill of fear would stave off the intense midsummer heat. these ghost story telling parties were called hyakumonogatari kaidankai – a gathering of one hundred ghost stories. during these gatherings, one hundred candles would be lit and placed inside of blue paper lanterns, called andon, in order to create an eerie atmosphere suitable for storytelling. throughout the night, guests would take turns telling progressively scarier stories about yokai, demons, ghosts, and other strange things. after each story, one candle would be snuffed out, until finally only the hundredth candle remained, its dim blue light casting long, creepy shadows, struggling to fill the dark room. according to superstition, as the final candle was snuffed, a real ghost would appear out of the darkness to attack the participants, created out of the heightened emotional state and fears of guests. this ghost was called the ao andon." more information about ao andon: http://yokai.com/aoandon/
rapidographs, china ink, and adobe photoshop
october 2017 --------- i used photoshop with this one because i didn't have blue ink and i wasn't sure i'd be able to achieve this effect yet hahah
i also combined this with tsukumogami because the ao andon is a type of tsukumogami (an inanimated object brought to life thanks to a spirit)
version without photoshop also posted!!