Nova Returns!

First and foremost we’d like to thank Vanessa Smith, Tony Shaff, Kyoka Shiraiwa, and Jessica Everleth for contributing to our INDIEGOGO campaign! We could not do this without your support.

Okay Nova didn’t really go anywhere but if you’ve been following us since the beginning, you might remember she was our first casting selection. Nova is also a true testament to why animal rescue shelters are important.

“Dog” in Japanese is いぬ or 犬 both pronounced, “e-new.”

Just so you don’t embarrass yourself, the Japanese do not eat dog. You’re thinking of a different Asian country.

A pic of Ms. Nova.

On a side note (historically) the Chinese, Koreans, and Japanese hate each other so to confuse one with the other is considered a great insult to a true patriot. Why is there animosity between each culture? Simple, centuries of war. The rise of modern globalization and the end of the Cold War has calmed the storm for the most part but tension still remains.

Nova Pic
Ms. Nova
Our star, Nova, and Nova's mom
Our star, Nova, and Nova’s mom

In Japanese mythology, the God of Thunder, Raijin has a dog of thunder, Raiju.

“Raijū (雷獣,”thunder animal” or “thunder beast”) is a legendary creature from Japanese mythology. Its body is composed of lightning and may be in the shape of a cat, fox, weasel, or wolf. The form of a white and blue wolf (or even a wolf wrapped in lightning) is also common. It may also fly about as a ball of lightning (in fact, the creature may be an attempt to explain the phenomenon of lightning). Its cry sounds like thunder.

Raiju is the companion of Raijin, the Shinto god of lightning. While the beast is generally calm and harmless, during thunderstorms, it becomes agitated and leaps about in trees, fields, and even buildings (trees that have been struck by lightning are said to have been scratched by Raiju’s claws).

Another of Raiju’s peculiar behaviors is sleeping in human navels. This prompts Raiden to shoot lightning arrows at Raiju to wake the creature up, and thus harms the person in whose belly the demon is resting. Superstitious people therefore often sleep on their stomachs during bad weather, but other legends say that Raiju will only hide in the navels of people who sleep outdoors.” – Wikipedia

I guess man’s kinship with canines spans numerous cultures over thousands of years and dozens of deities.

Who knew?

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Author: hikikomori78

American Hikikomori is an upcoming short film that explores the emotional struggles of a Japanese teenager named Isamu Fujihara, when he moves to America.

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