While night had not yet come, the girl went to the Evening Palace.
Strange things happen at the time of day when light and darkness mix.
The elation and anticipation of walking out at twilight clung to her.



この絵は 鳥居をくぐり魔が浄化される瞬間を切り取ったものです。

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The Japanese word “tasokare” originally meant “who are you?” which is said to have turned into the meant “twilight”.

Twilight was also the border between this world and the next, and it was believed that one would encounter demons. They would ask people passing by, “Who are you?” to confirm that they were from this world.

When the darkness falls, she goes to Evening palace (Yomiya)and the demons come to her attention.

Yomiya is the eve of the big festival of shrines that enshrine the gods that protect the land and the people who live there. Originally a Shinto ritual, it is now a variety of events depending on the region, such as stalls, portable shrines, and shrine maidens performing Shinto music and dance.

Yomiya was the most spectacular of the festivals, and it was believed that the gods would appear before the people.

This artwork, the girl’s head is covered with strawberry candies, water balloons, and lanterns from stalls.

They are the embodiment of her anticipation and exuberance for the festival, and they are all demons clinging to her.

The red goldfish symbolizes protection from evil and is conscious of the color of the torii gate of a shrine.

In Japan, there is a long-standing belief in the color vermilion, and the fact that the torii gate is vermilion also signifies the passage to the sacred area.

This picture captures the moment when the girl passes through the torii gate and the demons are purified.

The goldfish is probably an incarnation of the god enshrined at Yomiya.

The story is that what she asked 「Who are you?(Tasokare) 」was God.