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2013: Year of the Snake

As you may know, 2013 is the Year of the Snake (hebi-doshi; 巳年). The Chinese new year isn’t until February, but the Japanese always celebrate the new year on January 1st. This year is also year 25 of the Heisei era (平成25年) in the older calendar system (still used today) where years are numbered from the accession of the current emperor

Someone has uploaded a video to YouTube showing how to draw a snake with a single brush stroke. It’s really quite impressive. Take a look at this:

And here’s a great video from last year where the same technique is used to draw a dragon’s tail:

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One Response to 2013: Year of the Snake

  1. I’ve actually been to this store. My friend loved them so much she went home with 4. It’s amazing to see this guy at work. He’s so fast, too!

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