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Kaguya Hime by GENZOMAN Kaguya Hime by GENZOMAN
a old work, arround 2006 or so

One day, while walking in the bamboo forest, an old, childless bamboo cutter called Taketori no Okina (竹取翁?, "the Old Man who Harvests Bamboo") came across a mysterious, shining stalk of bamboo. After cutting it open, he found inside it a baby the size of his thumb. He rejoiced to find such a beautiful girl and took her home. He and his wife raised her as their own child and named her Kaguya-hime (かぐや姫 "radiant-night princess"). Thereafter, Taketori no Okina found that whenever he cut down a stalk of bamboo, inside he found a small nugget of gold. Soon he became rich, and Kaguya-hime grew from a small baby into a woman of usual size and extraordinary beauty. At first, Taketori no Okina tried to keep her away from outsiders, but over time the news of her beauty had spread.

Eventually, five princes came to Taketori no Okina's residence to ask for Kaguya-hime's hand in marriage. The princes eventually persuaded Taketori no Okina to tell a reluctant Kaguya-hime to choose one from among them. To this end, Kaguya-hime concocted impossible tasks for the princes to accomplish. She would agree to marry the prince who managed to bring her a specified item.

That night, Taketori no Okina told the five princes what each of them must bring. The first was told to bring her the stone begging bowl of the Buddha from India. The second was told to retrieve a jewelled branch from the island of Penglai[4]. The third was told to seek the legendary robe of the fire-rat of China. The fourth must retrieve a colored jewel from a dragon's neck. The final prince was told to find the seashell treasure of the swallows.

Realizing that it was an impossible task, the first prince returned with an expensive bowl, but after noticing that the bowl did not glow with holy light, Kaguya-hime saw through his deception. Likewise, two other princes attempted to deceive her with fakes, but also failed. The fourth gave up after encountering a storm, while the final prince lost his life in his attempt to retrieve the object.

After this, the Emperor of Japan, Mikado, came to see the strangely beautiful Kaguya-hime and, upon falling in love, asked her to marry him. Although he was not subjected to the impossible trials that thwarted the princes, Kaguya-hime rejected his request for marriage as well, telling him that she was not of his country and thus could not go to the palace with him. She stayed in contact with the Emperor, but continued to rebuff his requests.

That summer, whenever Kaguya-hime saw the full moon, her eyes fill with tears. Though her adoptive parents worried greatly and questioned her, she was unable to tell them what was wrong. Her behaviour became increasingly erratic until she revealed that she was not of this world and must return to her people on the Moon. In some versions of this tale, it is said that she was sent to the Earth as a temporary punishment for some crime, while others say it is because she was sent to earth for safety during a celestial war.
Taketori no Okina takes Kaguya-hime to his home, Drawn by Tosa Hiromichi, c. 1600
Kaguya-hime goes back to the Moon

As the day of her return approached, the Emperor set many guards around her house to protect her from the Moon people, but when an embassy of "Heavenly Beings" arrived at the door of Taketori no Okino's house, the many guards were blinded by a strange light. Kaguya-hime announced that, though she loves her many friends on Earth, she must return with the Moon people to her true home. She wrote sad notes of apology to her parents and to the Emperor, then gave her parents her own robe as a memento. She then took a small taste of the elixir of life, attached it to her letter to the Emperor, and gave it to a guard officer. As she handed it to him, the feather robe was placed on her shoulders, and all of her sadness and compassion for the people of the Earth were forgotten. The heavenly entourage took Kaguya-hime back to Tsuki-no-Miyako ("the Capital of the Moon") against her will, leaving her earthly foster parents in tears.

The parents became very sad and were soon put to bed sick. The guard officer returned to the Emperor with the items Kaguya-hime had given him as her last mortal act, and reported what had happened. The Emperor read her letter and was overcome with sadness. He asked his servants: "Which mountain is the closest place to Heaven?", to which one replied that the Great Mountain of Suruga Province is the closest place to Heaven. The Emperor ordered his men to take the letter to the summit of the mountain and burn it, with the hope that his message would reach the distant princess. The men were also commanded to burn the pot of elixir of immortality since the Emperor did not desire to live forever without being able to see her. The legend has it that the word immortality (不死, fushi?, or fuji) became the name of the mountain, Mount Fuji. It is also said that the kanji for the mountain, 富士山 (literally "Mountain Abounding with Warriors"), is derived from the Emperor's army ascending the slopes of the mountain to carry out his order. It is said that the smoke from the burning still rises to this day. (In the past, Mount Fuji was much more volcanically active than today.)

PSCS/graphire3/6 hours/Music: inaba no namida-L´Arc en ciel (my favorite j-rock band :D, in b4 GIRUGAMESH!)

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CrazyMathNerd Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Artist
This art looks amazing!
grisador Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015
Maan Japan's really have amazingly well ''ancient alien'' like legends !
thorman Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015
cool que buen dibujo de kaguya  ella es hermosa me encanta te felicito mucho genzoman:D
Rojusamu Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015
hey Where's the Moon Goddess Tsukuyomi??
OneEyeLess Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015
I can't stop looking at that leg 
eniox27 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
A breath taking beauty of a girl with a story to match
kingarthuer4888 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
the final bad guy in naruto
Rikuthedragonslayer Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Princess Kaguya :clap:
Ficklestix Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Studio Ghibli is making a movie of this, coming out this year, directed by Isao Takahata: [link](film)
LightingRock85 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
Kaguya-hime has inspired so many characters based off of her. It kinda makes me wonder if she did really exist as a real person but her story was changed to make it appeal to both children and adults. Touhou really got me more into Kaguya-hime and other Japanese folk tales.
MemoryThiefChild Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Awesome!:icondatsamazingplz: Kaguya hime is my absolute favorite japanese fairy tale:iconiadoreitplz:
Draaky Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Kayalina Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist
Oh, I loved this story when I was little! I think it's the oldest Japanese legend that still exists to this day. But the children's book version is a lot happier...
Very beautiful work! =D
Saphira234 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
Yeah I know this story... I love your picture!!!!
Silash Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yo tenia esta carta ......... y me acuerdo q tenia una habilidad re penca..... pero el dibujo es bakan :D
Kitsune-Moon-Spirit Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! *.* This legend is epic. Its so mystical with the relation to the moon and the gifts in the bamboo, whats better is how this story is the reason why Mt.Fuji is called Fuji :3 Its a sad story too :tears: I never knew an ancient tale could make me feel like this. I like how you added the bamboo and the movement of her kimono and hair, It is as if her running now symbolizes how she returns to the moon at the end of the story.
Waruzimu Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
wonderful picture
HeartOfPrayer1200 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
Great background, color, figure, but the only thing is the heads in your drawings seem to be a bit too small. I know it's probably a style thing, but I would try making them a bit larger.
Tasogares-Target Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
Aw, that's such a sweet and sad story. I didn't know the whole thing until reading your description.
iceofwolf Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You captured her beauty well.
SonicWolvelina99 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
What a sad story. Now I understand Kaguya from Okami. D:
HybridNightmar3 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
awsome picture and an amazing story. so interesting. i enjoyed reading it.
Hank15 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful girl, beautiful background, beautiful story...*cry*
MissterAndy Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the story of Princess Kaguya!
hypnotiqvocals Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
nice picture and story
DennaWilliamson Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Great piece!!!
Question for the lady in the picture tho..."Are those shoes really comfortable??" lol
evenfall11 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
Beautiful tale...I was interested in Princess Kaguya's story because of the Sailormoon mangas. ;-)

So sad...
MizuWolf Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Student Digital Artist

and yes, I read every word you put on these pictures.

Argent-Shadow Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010
omfg toooo profesional
Manjaro-Wolf Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Student General Artist
SHe's very beautiful :D great job :D
ChojinRyu750 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
cool yet sad legend. But awesome picture
Elinewton Featured By Owner May 9, 2010
Great art as aways!!
AnimeKoneko242 Featured By Owner May 4, 2010
Great piece. Love the effort and back story you've put into this. :+favlove:
Koolebra-DDR Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010
Por lo que yo me acuerdo, en la serie de anime Yaiba, Kaguya Hime aparecía como una especie de conejita Playboy.
spiritdetectivegirl Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is awesome; and this story sounds like the ispiration for the anime Sailor Moon. Which makes it doubley awesome. Not sure doubley's a word...oh well.
AnimeKoneko242 Featured By Owner May 4, 2010
Doesn't it? ^^ And it is a word.
spiritdetectivegirl Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
DictatorDelights Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
I like reading the back stories you attach to each artwork. It's like a history lesson I don't mind learning about and it's always interesting to see what different cultures come up with.
Axerron Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
This is my most favourite story from Japanese folklore. Too bad that most of the Taketori Monogatari was lost as well as other stories from that age. Anyway very nice painting, although I would picture her in some pale yellow or blue clothes instead of red ^^ Still, great work!
SourTooth Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009
Beautiful stuff. :)
Sayuberri Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
Stunning *_*
SerraAngel22 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009
I really like her clothing! Also, idk if you have ever heard of the video game Okami but this princess is in the game and there is a part of the game where you actually cut down bamboo stalks to get what you are looking for & the stalks glow just like in the story. Pretty cool!
Aksika Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing work and i like the story
Brujitaloveskurama Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009  Student General Artist
me gusta mucho su pose >w< la hace ver adorable a pesar de que tiene una mirada más desviada a lo sexy
Lilith40 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009
Wow...what a sad story. I always liked Kaguya Hime. This is a wonderful picture.
twincastX Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
very pretty ^ ^
runningstreem Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009
The colors on this are beautiful.
nrca Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009  Student Digital Artist
haa que bonito estilo de divujo me encanta esta super jenial y lo mejor es que ablas español eso es raro
Eshutin Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009
Awesome! Love the design.
SquallKLeonhart Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009
Quite beautiful, and the story complements the picture nicely.
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