America should make Halloween as a paid holiday for everyone since this is one of the favorite holidays for most Americans (kids and adults) in the States. When Halloween is around the corner, I know a lot of bakers are going to create some amazing cakes/cupcakes inspired by this holiday within this month. I watched a lot of baking and cake decorating books, most of the cakes/cupcakes are inspired by the traditional Halloween images, such as black cat, spider/spider web, pumpkins, vampires...I wanted to do something a little bits untraditional for my Halloween cupcakes.
|Few of the main characters from Gegege No Kitaro|
I got inspiration from this Japanese manga. Japanese manga (comic in English) and cartoons have impacted my artworks and my visions about art in many ways. These cupcakes are inspired by one of my favorite Japanese anime, Gegege No Kitaro. Not too many cartoons (for kids) would talk about ghosts or evil spirits, this one does. And somehow this cartoon has managed to have great balance of the scary scene and still remain kids friendly. I loved this show when I was a little kid.
I remember one year my parents took us to New Zealand to visit my dad's sister and her family during summer. We stayed at my auntie's house for few weeks. My parents left my sister and I at my auntie's house for few days because they wanted to have a little honeymoon themselves in Australia. My sister and I, plus my two younger cousins were watching this show for few days during my parents' "honeymoon". We even had a role play at my auntie's front yard. Of course, we didn't see any ghost, but this few day role play memory and the 24-hour Gegege No Kitaro scene stay with me forever. When I thought about this cartoon, I thought about the time my sister, I and my cousins in New Zealand; it was a great summer.
|Kitarō is a yōkai boy born in a cemetery and, aside from his mostly decayed father, the last living member of the Ghost Tribe(幽霊族 yūrei zoku). |
He is missing his left eye, but his hair usually covers the empty socket.
He fights for peace between humans and yōkai, which generally involves protecting the former from the wiles of the latter.
|Ittan Momen is a flying yōkai resembling a strip of white cloth. Kitarō and friends often ride on him when traveling. The original ittan-momen is a spirit from Kagoshima Prefecture myth which wraps itself around the faces of humans in an attempt to smother them.|
|Kitaro with his eyeball dad|
|If you have never watched this cartoon, you missed out. It's such a great cartoon!|
|Medama-oyaji at the theme park|
|Neko Musume transforms into a frightening cat monster with fangs and feline eyes.|
|Kitaro train at the theme park|
|Kitaro with his dad (hey, he really likes to take a warm bath in a bowl.)|