Pop Media Project

For this project, I created a short manga. A girl is taking pictures with her camera at Nezu Shrine. When she lowers the camera, she sees a yokai known as the Kuchisake-onna that attacks. I was drawn to this area because it’s beautiful scenery makes for fantastic photography and the torii gates seem enchanting. I decided to add the yokai into the comic because I like Japanese mythology. The woman is said to have been mutilated by her husband. In the older stories, she would usually cover her face with a fan, scarf, or cloth mask and ask people whether or not they thought she was pretty. She would then reveal her face, cut across from the jawline and repeat the question. Regardless of the answer, the victim usually wound up dead come next morning. I thought this tied in with the concept of beauty from the scenery of the shrine.

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