ONIBI - The sacred tree of Yahiko All the places we drew in our graphic novel Onibi are real. We made many sketches on location when we lived in Niigata, Japan. Then we used them as our main documentation for Onibi, like this sacred tree in the small village called Yahiko.
*** Tous les lieux dessinés dans notre BD Onibi sont réels. Nous avons fait de nombreuses aquarelles en extérieur lorsque nous vivions à Niigata, au Japon. Ces dessins nous ont ensuite servi de documentation pour Onibi, comme cet autel sacré niché dans un grand arbre à Yahiko.
I know the cove doesn’t get a mention much here anymore, but everyone needs to know what is going on right now.
On the 20th of January a superpod of around 200 bottlenose dolphins were driven into the cove.
They were surrounded by nets and left overnight before the captive selection process began. So far 82 dolphins have been taken for the captivity industry, most of them calves taken from their frantic mothers.
Each day, for around 7 hours, the dolphin have faced the trauma of being manhandled by hunters and trainers. The people responsible are as usual driving their boats straight through the pod without any shred of decency. Dolphins have been repeatedly tangled in the nets attempting to reunited with their pod members. They are starving, dehydrated and exhausted, and at least 2 dolphins have died, either from stress or injury sustained during their harrowing ordeal.
This horrendous torture will continue tomorrow, it is likely that even more dolphins will be taken for the captivity industry. It is not yet known if any individuals will be slaughtered.