© hasuimo Kawaii in the Afterlife: The Playfully Religious Art of Japanese Illustrator Hasuimo 2018-05-08 Tue 2018-05-10 Thu An Interest In The Spiritual Japanese illustrator hasuimo makes no secret about the orientation of her art. The tweet pinned to the top of her account clearly states: "I like spiritual things." Bringing together a kawaii and fashion-conscious aesthetic and a fascination with Christian, Buddhist and Shinto iconography, sometimes blended together in startling new configurations, the illustrations she shares on her Tumblr account alternately feature nuns, angels, saints, cherubs, dead bodies, skulls, crosses, crowns, halos, aureoles, tombstones and even Jack-O'-Lanterns in the mix. Many of the girls in hasuimo's art wear triangle headbands. Originally an item decorating the bodies of the deceased at Buddhist funerals, it is often used in popular culture, manga and anime to indicate anyone who has passed on to the afterlife. With permission from hasuimo The theme of this illustration is Obon, a widely practiced Buddhist custom of honoring the spirits of one's ancestors, who are believed to visit the household altars during this period. With permission from hasuimo This illustration is a good example of the way hasuimo playfully combines religious symbols. Perhaps a modern-day Kannon Bodhisattva, this girl's multiple arms are not making Buddhist hand gestures with religious significance but are rather engaged in the everyday life of a high school girl, reading her smartphone, curling her hair with a finger, holding a game console, etc., while she wears a crown imbued with Christian symbolism yet decorated at the edges with zigzag-shaped shide paper streamers used in Shinto purification rites. With permission from hasuimo With permission from hasuimo With permission from hasuimo Not all of her illustrations are playful and casual. Some of her work has a darker, more desolate tone. With permission from hasuimo With permission from hasuimo With permission from hasuimo With permission from hasuimo With permission from hasuimo GIF animations In addition to static illustrations, hasuimo also likes to create works which include animated elements. With permission from hasuimo With permission from hasuimo With permission from hasuimo With permission from hasuimo With permission from hasuimo Hasuimo's latest project: SNS in the Afterlife comitia124おしらせ①「中有顕示欲」 死後などの別世界のSNS（inst） をテーマにしたイラスト本です。B5正方形 p16 ¥600の予定です pic.twitter.com/atR200EQUf— hasuimo (@has_kuma) 2018年4月22日 At the recent Comitia meeting on May 5th, hasuimo released her latest illustration book which covered the theme of "SNS in the afterlife." You can buy your own copy and have it shipped internationally here. History of Activities 2018.5 Participated in Comitia 124 2017 Included in Shoeisha's ILLUSTRATION 2018 2017 Village Vanguard Machida Lumine, "TSUKIMONO Nigao-e kai" 2017 Exhibition at Village Vanguard Machida Lumine 2016 Finalist, Pater's Shop and Gallery Competition 2016 Group exhibition "4 ten", meee gallery tokyo 2015 Toji-ten 2 2015 "Watashi no Famikase" Exhibition 2014 "Tabi suru 100-nin no Book Cover: Finale" Exhibition 2014 "Yaku 100-nin no Book Cover" Exhibition Contact If you'd like to take home some of her work, hasuimo has a limited selection of goods available for purchase online at her shop on Booth. If you use the SNS app Line, you can also download her stamps here. Be sure to follow her on Twitter and Instagram and check her Tumblr and Pixiv accounts to enjoy her artwork. By - Ben K. Source:@has_kuma / @hasuimo / imohashop / @hasmo44 / hasuimo / © hasuimo / © LINE Corp. / © Higashi-Doujin Inc. Tags: afterlife / Art / Buddhist / Christian / Ghosts / hasuimo / Illustration / Religion / Shinto / Spirits grape Japan Art Kawaii in the Afterlife: The Playfully Religious Art of Japanese Illustrator Hasuimo Related Article Join in on the fun and get creative at a ‘POSCA Paint Party’ this September How Yamaguchi city became the birthplace of Christmas in Japan Ukiyo-e Rendition Of Civil War Puts A Samurai Twist On Captain America And Iron Man These Colorful Street Murals Of Fish Show Up Only When It Rains Top Artwork Selections Of Japan’s 44th Tokyo Design Festival Michelangelo’s David And Other Masterpieces As Japanese Action Figures!