Monday, April 4, 2016
Manga Rabbit figure
Choju-jinbutsu-giga translates to "Animal-person caricatures" and is a very famous set of four picture scrolls owned by Kozan-ji, a Buddhist temple in Kyoto. They've been attributed to Toba Sojo (1053-1140), but are probably the creations of multiple artists. The Giga have been called the earliest work of manga in history, but there's no clear link between this and the woodblock prints first referred to as "manga" in the 1700's.
Anyway, Bandai has a new line of Giga desk accessories figures in their capsule ball dispensers. 300 yen each, 6 in the set. The rabbit is about 2" long, and can be used to hold a business card or small memo sheet in its toes. It's beautifully made, and I would have settled for either this one, the cat in the hat (pencil holder), or the fox (hair band holder).
It does work for holding business cards, but it's a precarious balance, and you don't want this in a room with strong breezes.