|Animals native to Japan|
The Momijigari Festival
|Japanese Autumn flowers and leaves|
|Inspirational images for the Character|
The Holi Festival.
|The character inspiration|
|Inspiration for the design|
Elephants have sand baths to keep their skin free from parasites but the process looks very similar to the Holi festival with the dust resembling the dye. Elephants are also family oriented and will stay in a herd of a minimum of 3 to a maximum of 25. The festival is about having fun and and spending time with your families. I think that a baby elephant would be best to embody this festival because they are playful and a part of a family unit that are very close. Krishna is a prankster as a god in the hindu religion and a very delightful person he is the God of love and Holi is also referred to as the festival of Love, his appearance clothing and colouring can influence the design and the colour of the character. Also the core of a family is love so I think that he would be the best god to be associated with this festival.
Krishna however is associated with Cows but for this festival the elephant works best he is able to be playful and use his trunk to blast dye into the atmosphere and elephants also connote a sense of family and unity which the festival is about.
The Obon Festival
The Obon festival is all about lights and using the lanterns to help guide their ancestors from the spirit world to the human world and back again .A lot of sea creatures who are bioluminescent use their light as a way of communicating. And I think that this would make a great way to embody the spirit of this festival.
I think that the Obon lanterns will influence the design of the sea creature who will become angular.