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  • Title: Restraining the giant catfish
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  • Source: Provided by Jack Moehle.

Description: In Japanese folklore, it is a giant catfish (namazu) living under the islands that causes earthquakes. There is an entire genre of paintings and woodblock prints devoted to the subject (namazu-e). This image include two gigantic catfish, as well as a famous Kabuki actor and the god of fire (Fudo Myo-O)

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