Last week, the Summer issue of GetHiroshima Mag came out! I'm very excited to see my illustrations in print for the first time! It was wonderful to work with the GetHiroshima design team to contribute to three different sections of this great new publication. Designed for the English speaker traveling to or living in Hiroshima, GetHiroshima.com has been providing local event and travel information for many years, but just this year launched a print version.
For this edition, I wrote and illustrated an article about Yanai, a charming little town about 30 minutes south of Iwakuni, famous for their paper goldfish lanterns. Every year in mid-August (this year on the 13th), the town hosts a Goldfish Lantern Festival (金魚ちょうちん祭り). The town is transformed with over 2,000 red and white goldfish lanterns strung along the streets. As twilight sets, the parade begins -- a lively mix of dancers, taiko drummers, and the main attraction, the giant versions of the goldfish lanterns that are paraded down the street as teams compete to spin them around.
The Hiroshima Carp, the local minor league baseball team, has a tradition during the 7th inning of each game -- everyone releases long red balloons in the air after singing the Carp son. This was a fun event to capture in a sketch!
I also contributed a sketch to accompany an editorial piece on Obon, the Japanese custom of gathering to honor and remember their ancestors. Traditionally, family members return to their hometowns to visit the graves of deceased relatives.
If you're in Hiroshima, be sure to pick up a free copy of GetHiroshima magazine! It was a pleasure working on these illustrations, and I look forward to working with the GetHiroshima team again in the future.