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For the First Time... Paris! Hellion's Third Ema Show This Year

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For the First Time... Paris! Hellion's Third Ema Show This Year

If you love Japanese culture, creative rebirth of tradition, or art in general, you’d be fascinated by Matt Wagner’s annual Ema show. The Portland-based curator of Hellion Gallery just wrapped up the third and final venue of this year’s display. But first things first: what are Ema? According to Japanese tradition, one of the first emperors would donate a black horse to a Shinto shrine to bring rain, or a white horse to end it. As time carried on, the tradition morphed into more financially manageable means, becoming what are now known as Ema. The word itself means “picture of a...

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