Many Japanese artists drew Namazu-e(鯰絵) to encourage earthquake sufferers.
Please search hashtag #namazue.You can find various kind of hot artworks.
What is Namazue?- Namaze is a motif drawn in ukiyoe during Edo period. "Namazu" means a catfish in Japanese.
In old days,Japanese believed that the earthquake occurs because of a catfish behaves violently in underground.
In 1855, earthquake of magnitude 6.9 attacked Kanto region(known as Ansei big earthquake).
In those days, many Ukiyoe artists prayed for revive from a disaster and drew the Ukiyoe of the heroes exterminate a catfish.
Variations of full many #Namazue increased one after another. For example, god of Shinto exterminates a catfish, catfish apologizes to the people etc...
The #namazue project rose from this earthquake is a modern version of Ukiyoe of Namazue. See the #namazue!
This project is not meant to harm or kill any real catfish.