Yokai: Ghosts & Demons of Japan

Dec 6, 2019 through Jan 10, 2021

Vivid in Japanese art and imagination are creatures that are at once ghastly and comical. Yokai generally refers to demons, ghosts, shapeshifters, and “strange” and supernatural beings. Specific creatures are commonly associated with classical literature, folklore, theatrical performances, festivals, art, and other forms of expressive culture. Yokai are also prevalent in contemporary Japanese popular culture; you find them in manga (comics), anime (animation), and character-based games such as Pokémon (“pocket monster”).

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“White Hannya” Nōh Mask

"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

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