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    Default Interesting Hobonichi Techo quote of the day

    'In the old days, the underarm hair of rats was used to make brushes for maki-e, Japanese lacquer paintings sprinkled with gold. When the rats run, their arms rub their underarm hair, tapering the ends. Since maki-e involves painting sticky lacquer in thin lines, the brush hairs have to be perfectly tapered. The hair of other animals didnít work, and even machines canít replicate the effect.'

    Masayuki Murata
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    Presumably an artist or brush-maker saw a dead rat lying on its back with its legs in the air and thought Ďthose are some fine underarm hairsí. But does this mean free-range rats are required and sedentary lab rats wonít produce the necessary tapering?

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    Default Re: Interesting Hobonichi Techo quote of the day

    Well it did say "in the old days" so presumably they have now found something else that works as well? Hopefully they no longer need a rat-catcher going off to find some free range rats.
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    Default Re: Interesting Hobonichi Techo quote of the day

    One would hope modern maki-e doesnít require rodenticide, though he did say machines canít replicate the effect.

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    Default Re: Interesting Hobonichi Techo quote of the day

    Maybe they didn't kill the rat. Just pluck and release.
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    Default Re: Interesting Hobonichi Techo quote of the day

    Yes, that makes more sense.

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    Default Re: Interesting Hobonichi Techo quote of the day

    Quote Originally Posted by Deb View Post
    Maybe they didn't kill the rat. Just pluck and release.
    You mean, you've never seen that video of the rat-shearing contest on Okinawa?

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    Default Re: Interesting Hobonichi Techo quote of the day

    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Deb View Post
    Maybe they didn't kill the rat. Just pluck and release.
    You mean, you've never seen that video of the rat-shearing contest on Okinawa?
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