I’m Myuna and I'm excited to introduce my latest pin series: Myuna’s Japanese Yōkai Hard Enamel Pin <3
As it was my long-cherished childhood dream to travel to Japan, I packed my things and travelled to Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto in 2016. And in 2018. And I plan on returning next year. I'm constantly drawn back to Japan over and over again! My fascination for old Japanese shrines, ancient mythology and traditional art inspired me to create this Yōkai Hard Enamel Pin series. Yōkai are supernatural monsters, spirits and demons in Japanese folklore and numerous tales tell about their relationship with humans.
Due to the expensive production of Hard Enamel Pins, I’m bringing this project to Kickstarter to help cover the costs – so I can create more pins than I could afford on my own.
Any profit will be used to fund new pin projects.
Kitsune masks are used in traditional Japanese theater (Nō) and have a ritual and religious meaning. The Inari shrine in Kyoto is well-known for its numerous red Torii guiding the way up the hill.
The moon rabbit (Tsuki no Usagi) is based on Japanese and chinese mythology. It‘s part of an ancient legend about the friendship between a fox, a monkey and a white rabbit.
Kistune are known for being both good and evil. They are a symbol of wealth and capable of shapeshifting – often turning into women to seduce unsuspecting men.
The Tanuki (= Raccoon Dog) is a true master of disguise. They are well-known for fooling and play games with people. He has eight special traits that bring good fortune – and always carries a bottle of sake (the hachi symbol (八) of the sake flask is a symbol for these eight traits).
The Maneki Neko is a popular talisman and also brings good luck to the owner. A white cat stands for purity and happiness, a golden one for wealth and prosperity. It holds a golden coin (koban) which is a symbol for 10,000,000 ryo, an old japanese currency in the Edo period.
There are numerous tales about the shapeshifting Shukaku. He’s a Tanuki and has the ability to transform himself into a monk that owns a special tea kettle with an infinite amount of hot water. Other tales say that the Shukaku is not transforming into a monk but into the tea kettle itself.
The Bakeneko is a normal cat that develops supernatural power in the old age. It has great shape-shifting abilities and likes to disguise as a human – it can even walk on its hind paws and learn the human language. The Bakeneko loves to play tricks and dance around merrily.
Sunekosuri are dog-like small spirits that follow travellers walking in the dark. They rub against their shins and make them stumble just for fun without harming anyone (its name literally means "rub against lower legs"). They have extremely round heads and are a bit chubby.
Kappas are pretty well-known Yokais. Whoever played “Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town” (like me haha) should have met one of these guys when throwing a cucumber into the pond. Their appearance is a mix between human and turtle and they usually live in Japanese ponds or rivers. The sara (the cavity on its head) retains water and represents/contains its life force.
The Yuki Onna (“snow woman”) is a well-known Japanese Yōkai. She’s a beautiful woman with black hair and a white, elegant Kimono. In some tales she is regarded as the “Moon Princess” that was bored and followed snow flakes to earth – and could not return.
The Ippondatara is the ghost of a giant boar that lives in the mountains. It has been bound by a high priest so most of the time it’s harmless. But the binding allows it to roam free on December 20th each year – it’s very dangerous to go hiking in the mountains at that time.
A Karasu Tengu is a bird-like humanoid Yōkai covered in black feathers – just like a crow. At one time Tengus were feared by humans, people even made offerings to appease Tengus. But nowadays they are considered as a protective gods in Japanese Buddhism.
A Daruma is a traditional Japanese doll-like talisman, known for its vibrant red color and often used as a gift for encouragement. Usually (when you purchase a Daruma) it has no or just blank eyes. You make a wish and fill the first eye of the Daruma. If the wish gets fulfilled you fill the second one.
I want to create a Daruma pin as a little thank you for all pin backers <3 In case we reach this super strechgoal every (!) pin backer will get a Daruma pin for free. You can also choose the Daruma as a reward in case you want to get more than one.
MYUNA ART – ABOUT ME
I'm incredibly interested in a lot of things revolving around Japan and its culture. The subtle Otaku influence in my artstyle you've probably already noticed comes exactly from that <3
My main focus lies on doing playful illustrations with motives mostly being based around cute animals, fanarts or own characters. I try to fulfill my dream of becoming a fulltime artist some day and right now I'm attending cons to get to know more awesome new people!
Any new artwork I finish can be previewed on Patreon or seen on Instagram – as a story or post.
Keep up to date on my socials (just leftclick the name of the social media channel you'd like to visit):
- March – April: campaign runs
- April: campaign ends
- April – May: collect backer surveys, order pins
- May – June: production
- June – July: ship to backers
It may happen that I’m able to ship your pins/stickers way earlier, depending on when I get your backer survey results. The manufacturer I chose is pretty quick – but July is the latest possible time you would get your orders :)
Thank you again! Feel free to share the campaign <3
1–4 Pins: 1,00 €
5–8 Pins: 2,00 €
> 6 Pins: 4,00 €
1–4 Pins: 3,00 €
5–8 Pins: 5,00 €
9–10 Pins: 8,00€
> 6 Pins: 10,00 €
Risks and challenges
As with all Kickstarters, backers will not be charged until the project is successfully funded, so there is no risk to you to pledge :)
It may happen that some pins I receive have little flaws. Since I check the pins and only send them out if they are flawless, it may be necessary to reproduce pins which could delay shipping of some orders. This way I can make sure that all my backers receive the best quality pins.
This is my first Kickstarter but I’m familiar with designing and producing pins. I have created more than 8 pins and keychains all by myself – and I have run a small Etsy since 2017, so I know how to ship orders (worldwide) correctly.
- (29 days)