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The Key to Peace by Mui-Ling Teh

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5 yen coins are typically given as donations at a Japanese Shinto Shrine because of the their hole, which is said to allow the wish to go through. There are several other cultural significance regarding the 5 yen coin. For example, 5 yen in Japanese is “Go-en,” which is the same as karma in Japanese (although written differently).

Here the wish portrayed is the key to peace. The key I have here is one I made out of a wood block when I was 17. I made it to remind myself to work towards my goals and aspirations; it is my “Key To The Future”. The key to peace and the shrine is the door to that peace. The key is on a ring looping through the hole of the coin. Flying through the coin I also have my little folded peace crane I made not too long ago (Apr. 6, 08) out of a 6×6mm piece of paper (also portrayed in Born from Fingers and Born from the Pinky)

“I shall write peace on your wings, and you shall fly all over the world”
(Sadako Sasaki – Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes)

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  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorover 6 years ago

    i love the symbolism, and i just noticed the cranes too, lovely and very unusual :)

  • Thank you Karin :)

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Dave Moilanen
    Dave Moilanenover 6 years ago

    This lovely work of art needs to be displayed worldwide Mui-Ling! This is wonderful! This gives us all a sense of hope for peace!

  • Oh my :) Thank you so much Dave!

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Carlos Teófilo
    Carlos Teófiloover 6 years ago

    I need that key? Beautiful dear Mui-Ling.

  • Sorry the key isn’t for sale :P. Thanks for dropping by Carlos :)

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Craig Mitchell
    Craig Mitchellover 6 years ago

    Beautiful use of colour. Great layering. A terrific image.

  • coffeetea
    coffeeteaover 6 years ago

    I like this one ! beauutifully done. the birds fly gooooooooood !

  • Lam Tran
    Lam Tranover 6 years ago

    Excellent composition my friend! Very percious to you! Great crafting, I key to the future is excellent, it is a icon, a reminder of culture and hard work, Lovely layering design my friend! Well done!

  • Thank you my friend, as always you are so kind.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Tatiana R
    Tatiana Rover 6 years ago

    Beautiful work, fellow architect!

  • Thank you my new friend!

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Gail Bridger
    Gail Bridgerover 6 years ago

    Great work, love the serentity in this peace. You know what you want and will achieve it. You look ahead unlike lots of young people.

  • Thank you Gail.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 6 years ago

    Excellent and great info too.

  • Thank you Irene.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • hilarydougill
    hilarydougillover 6 years ago

    Beautiful!!! Beautifully symbolic to,, fantastic combining and compilation, great imagery, wonderful legend

  • Thank you Hilary.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

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