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After a collaborative piece with the local kids in Fukushima, Japanese street artist Ryo Ogawa, better known as RoamCouch, is back with a brand new mural on the streets of Gifu, Japan.

Entitled “Rain Caller” is an exquisite piece depicting the Japan scenery of the olden days with modern elements. It was wrapped up and unveiled by the Japanese stencil master live on TV. RoamCouch says the following:

“I painted ‘Rain Caller’ using the same composition and colours of my past piece “Emotional Rain”. The piece depicts several people but only one female wearing a kimono is using an umbrella. As the title suggests, she is the rain caller. In the place where I completed the mural, it is said that the town was built and energized around an old castle about 450 years ago. I painted “Rain Caller” to create the opportunity to take back the energy and beauty the town used to have.”

This mural was created as part of RoamCouch’s “Emotional Bridge Project” to revitalize the area of his hometown and expand opportunities for the local people, especially kids, to be exposed to street art. There are now 14 murals in his hometown Anpachi-cho and neighbouring towns in Gifu prefecture which he has been painting over the last 6 years.

If you are in the area, you can see the scenery of the good old days of Japan that RoamCouch created at 472 Sunomata, Sunomata-cho, Ogaki-shi, Gifu, Japan.

Daisuke Shirai

About Daisuke Shirai

Daisuke grew up in Japan. At the age of 18 he moved to Canada and got interested in underground art influenced by his friend who is a graffiti artist. After his return, he is/was a member of StreetArtNewsJapan. In order to promote street art culture, he interviewed various artists such as Stik, AIKO, Dolk, TwoOne, and Roamcouch for the website.