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This is based on 3 legends:
1. Asian Myth - "Flower Princess and Rock Princess":
Ohkuninushi, the lord of the land, decided to give his land to the highest goddess, Amateras. Amateras sent a god Hononinigi to reign the land and he became the ancestor of Japanese emperors. Hononinigi fell in love with a beautiful princess, Konohanano-Sakuya-Hime and asked her father Ohyamatsumi for their marriage. Ohyamatsumi sent Konohana's sister Iwanaga-Hime along with Konohana to make both of them his wives. However, Hononinigi didn't like Iwanaga because she was so ugly. She was sent back to her father Ohyamatsumi and he got so angry. "I sent my two daughters to you because Konoyaha would bring you prosperity and Iwanaga would have brought you enernal life but you rejected Iwanaga. You and your descendents lost the chance to live forever." This is why gods (and emperors) die on our land.
2. Asian Myth - "The Palace Under the Sea":
Hoderi was a god fishing along the sea, and his brother Ho-ori was a god hunting in the mountains.
One day they exchanged their tools and Ho-ori went to the sea to fish, but he could not catch anything and lost his brother's hook. Hoderi never forgave Ho-ori.
Then an old man helped Ho-ori and he went to the palace under the sea to find the hook. There he met the sea god's beautiful daughter and completely forgot about his brother. Instead, he lived in the palace peacefully for three years.
Finally, he remembered the hook and found it with a help of the sea god. When Ho-ori left, the sea god told him how to beat his brother and Ho-ori succeeded in making his brother obey him. It's said that Ho-ori is the ancestor of Japanese emperors, and Hoderi is the ancestor of immigrants coming from the south over the sea.
3. European Legend - "Avalon":
Avalon (probably from the Celtic word abal: apple; see Etymology below) is a legendary island featured in the Arthurian legend, famous for its beautiful apples. It first appears in Geoffrey of Monmouth's 1136 pseudohistorical account Historia Regum Britanniae ("The History of the Kings of Britain") as the place where King Arthur is taken to recover from his wounds after his last battle at Camlann, and where his sword Caliburn (Excalibur) was forged. The concept of such an "Isle of the Blessed" has parallels in other Indo-European mythology, in particular the Irish Tír na nÓg and the Greek Hesperides, the latter also noted for its apples.
I decided to inspire myself by reading each of these wonderful tales (which I already knew before except for "Flower Princess and Rock Princess"). Each piece has it's own little part and story inside this photo manipulation. It isn't as simple as: "OMG, AN ISLAND, A CASTLE, LADY, YAY!" It's far more complicated.
Meet Konohana-Iwa-Hime, a cross between Konohanano-Sakuya-Hime (Flower Princess) and Iwanaga-Hime (Rock Princess). "Konohana" means flowers on the tree and "Sakuya" means bloom (and "Hime" is princess). The name represents what she is. "Iwa" means rock and "naga (nagai)" means long. Therefore Konohana-Iwa-Hime would mean "flowers on the tree-rock" (or something like that). Konohana-Iwa-Hime is immortal, living in her "rock" alone with her beauty because her husband died... Her clothes fit her description as the flowers on the tree, while the stone castle fits the idea of the rock.
In the background, there is "Avalon" or the "Sea Palace" (I changed it so that it's above water, but still around and "in" the ocean). It is celebrating once again the going of another decade, while Konohana-Iwa-Hime glares quite reproachfully (when she is actually hiding her feelings). Like usual, the people decide to go "hunting" around the castle for the fake Excalibur/Hoderi's hook (which ever you prefer).
Do not feel influenced by this, I am just sharing my version of the story behind this piece.
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I'd like to thank all of the stock artists!