Rain Dragons

Mythical dragons were introduced to Japan from ancient China. They are generally considered beneficent creatures since they can control water. These dragons, with their elongated snouts and curling limbs, are an archaic form known as rain dragons. They fly through auspicious clouds that resemble the "fungus of immortality." Other symbols of good fortune on this jacket garment include fan papers representing unfolding happiness, plum blossoms, flying cranes and wish-fulfilling jewels. This asa garment comes from Omi near Lake Biwa.

Copyright 2006 Jeffrey Krauss and Ann Marie Moeller