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A mascot inspired by a painting: Torarin the Kyoto National Museum mascot

Toranin de Tora tigre et rin rinpa

Tora stands for tiger and « rin » for RInpa the Japanese school of Japanese painting.

It comes from this painting by the Rinpa school painter Ogata Korin (1658-1716).called Toranozu This ink painting shows a sitting tiger between bamboo shoots. The face of the tiger seems to be smiling itonically.

Torarin tweets

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