I was intrigued and excited to discover a new (since I've been there) holiday in Japan called "Marine Appreciation Day" or more recently 海の日(Ocean Day). When I lived in Japan (1960-1979), the ocean was quite polluted. I got to go scuba diving off the Shizuoka beach where it was just cluttered with sunken trash: tires, bicycles, etc. Really disgusting. Later, we went scuba diving off the Izu Pennisula which was much better. But in general, there seemed to be no appreciation of preserving the ocean.
Hopefully, that has changed.
I challenged myself to paint 7 etegami in honor of Ocean Day over a 7 day period. There were so many creatures to choose from!
のんびり（Nombiri) means relax, just take it easy
And certainly Jacques Cousteau was trapped in it's net of wonder
It always looks like the sting ray is laughing from below.
That's not even his mouth and eyes but sure looks like it!
This reminded of the Jimmy Durante song..
I've always loved Ogden Nash and this quote is one of my favorites. I found a photo of an octopus where his tentacles are all a-tangled making one wonder:
Is those things arms or is they legs?
And ending with a little humor. This is what kissing fish look like and this is what kissing fish do. It's incredibly cute and funny. Maybe a nice Valentine's Day card???
Finally, Happy Ocean Day!!!