Yōkai: Ghosts & Demons of Japan
Dec 8, 2019 through Nov 5, 2023
Vivid in Japanese art and imagination are creatures that are at once ghastly and comical. Yōkai is a catchall word that generally refers to demons, ghosts, shapeshifters, and “strange” and supernatural beings. Yōkai are prevalent in Japanese popular and expressive culture; you find them in manga (comics), anime (animation), and character-based games such as Pokémon (“pocket monster”).
'Yugao' from The Tale Of Genji. Woodblock print from the series, One Hundred Aspects of the Moon.
Tengu Toy Figures (Kokeshi)
Netsuke in the form of a Demon
“Actor Onoe Waichi II as a Tôfu Boy and a One-Legged Ghost, from the series Magic Lantern Slides in a Dance of Seven Changes.” Woodblock Print
Namahage festival costume
Ema (votive offering) with image of an Oni
Boy’s Miyamairi Ceremonial Kimono with Depictions of Momotaro and Defeated Demons