The fox spirit

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I am doing Aikido as a hobby, and at a seminar, Sensei Shimamoto told us a story about a fox-tail scarf: “ One day when we were training in our dojo, a woman entered and asked for me (Sensei Shimamoto Shihan). She was holding a scarf made of the tail of a red fox. She asked me if we could perform a purification ritual for the fox so that it’s spirit could move forward. I said that we haven’t done this before but the lady kept insisting if we would do this for her. So in the end I agreed to the ladies request. We gathered all the materials needed to perform the purification ritual and began the ritual. After the ritual, the lady thanked us kindly and to show us how grateful she was, we could have the fox-tail scarf. The lady left our dojo happily. We stood there, not knowing what to do with the scarf so we decided to give the fox-tail scarf a proper burial. We gathered wood and layed the scarf on the top of the wooden pile. Then we burned the pile and prayed for the fox spirit. After a few day’s I looked out the window of our dojo and I saw a red fox staring in the window. (Note that foxed are extinct in our region). The fox lived for about two weeks in my garden, I fed it and build a small shrine to pray for the foxes and other animals. “ This story really caught my attention and immediately I decided to draw a picture of this story.This picture represents the spirit of the fox that was contained in the scarve of the Lady.Digital painting

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