(above) The Time Traveler Umeyama’s Report: Mokkenshu, 2015, Sumi ink and gouache on oriental paper, 22 x 30 inches
(bottom) Drawing of Labels of Umeyama’s Report: Mokkenshu, 2015, Graphite on paper, 12 x 14 inches
(from the label drawing )
Umeyama’s Report, circa 2015
Polychrome on oriental paper
Courtesy of H.T. Stringer
Umeyama named the fire hydrants Mokkenshu, which means an existence of silently watching.
Since he did not find any evidence of them actively utilized in normal day-to-day life, Umeyama concluded that it bear the responsibility of protecting its environs, just like Herma of Greece, the Jizo of Japan, and the Moai on Easter Island as well as the Sphinx of Egypt.