2016 Mogu Mogu Munch Munch
Solo Exhibition at Western New York Book Arts Center.
The Kojiki or “Records of Ancient Matters” is the oldest chronicle on Japanese culture in
existence. It narrates a mixture of mythology, historical legends, and a chronology of the
early Imperial linage of Japan. Ogetsuhime is the goddess of cereal, food, and silkworms.
The sea god Susano-o was brash, childish, and disrespectful to the other gods. As
punishment he was exiled from heaven and was soon starving to death. In desperation he
went to Ogetsuhime to ask for some food. She generously supplied Susano-o with an
abundance of delicious food to eat. When he entered her kitchen he saw how the food came
from her eyes, her mouth, and her butt. “You gave me dirty food!” he screamed in anger as
he killed her with his sword. Out of Ogetsuhime’s dying body the substance of life came
forth. Silkworms were born her head, rice from her eyes, millet from her ears, red beans
from her nose, wheat from her vagina, and soybeans from her anus.
Ogetsuhime is a metaphoric incarnation of nature. Her body is a symbol of richness,
fertility, and abundance. As such, it was natural for her to take food from her orifices and
share with others. By turning her body into cereals and silkworms, she encourages the act
of cultivation that helped people build a more sustainable society.
This story points out that our life is built on the cycle of life and death. Even in our highly
developed society, this reality doesn’t change. The complex process of how food is
produced is difficult to notice at the supermarket so that we just don’t imagine it.
Some of the prints are still available: For your inquiry, please contact with me.