“Since then, the only contact I've had with humans has been with children. Sometimes they would dare each other to come close to my hut. They called me Yama-uba, the old witch of the mountain.”
Hotaru’s story will take us to 19th century rural Hokkaido. It touches on a theme that is very dear to me - the line between animal and human, wilderness and civilization. It talks about acceptance and kindness. I couldn’t stop smiling while I was painting this piece. If an illustration could convey pure happiness, this one would be it for me.