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(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 )


Shoei Umeyama 

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.

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