RED SILK OF FATE – TAMAKI’S CRUSH

Exhibited permanently in Teshima, in Benesse ArtSite Naoshima.

Red String of Fate is East Asian mythology in which gods tie an invisible red string between two people that are destined to be together.

The film Red Silk of Fate - Tamaki's Crush unravels a story around the protagonist Tamaki, an aspiring female genetic engineer, who engineers her own "Red Silk of Fate" in the hope of winning the heart of her crush, Sachihiko. She sews the "Red Silk of Fate" into her favorite scarf in order to win the love of her dreams, but strange, mythical powers start to inhabit her creation...

Sputniko! worked with scientists from NIAS to actually genetically engineer the 'Red String of Fate' by inserting genes that produce oxytocin, a social-bonding 'love' hormone, and the genes of a red-glowing coral into silkworm eggs. (photograph of the actual oxytocin-induced red silk, developed in 2015, on the right).

Special Thanks to:
NIAS (National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences) Transgenic Silkworm Unit
Hideki Sezutsu - Technical Advisor
Ken-ichiro Tatematsu - Development of Red Silk of Fate
Sayaka Kobayashi - Egg production of transgenic silkworms
Keiro Uchino - DNA injection into silkworm eggs
Tetsuya Iizuka - Breeding of transgenic silkworms
Toshihiko Misawa and Kaoru Nakamura - Rearing of transgenic silkworms
Kaoru Nakamura - Rearing of transgenic silkworms
Shuichiro Tomita - Practical silk production
Kenichi Nakajima - Production of raw silks
Eiichi kobayashi- Public Relations

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Above: photograph of the first "Red Silk of Fate" engineered by NIAS
Photo taken by Professor Hideki Sezutsu, December 2015