Exhibitions

Yokai: Ghosts & Demons of Japan

Yokai: Ghosts & Demons of Japan
Yokai: Ghosts & Demons of Japan

Yokai: Ghosts & Demons of Japan


December 8, 2019 - January 10, 2021

Vivid in Japanese art and imagination are creatures that are at once ghastly and comical. Yôkai 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. Yôkai 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”).

The exhibition, Yôkai: Ghosts & Demons of Japan is open through January 10, 2021. Narrative arts such as Muromachi Period scroll paintings, Edo Period woodblock prints, and contemporary folk art that depict or involve yôkai will illustrate their eerie tales. Ghost and demon characters also appear in classical theatrical performances and special festival events. Contemporary Noh masks and festival costumes and the artists who make them will be a particular exhibition highlight. Toys, games, comic books, and cartoons will connect the past to the present, and the classical to the popular in terms of visual arts and culture. In addition to participatory gallery crafts, the exhibition will include an immersive, family-friendly obake yashiki (a Japanese “ghost house”), a popular form of entertainment in Japanese amusement parks.

ONLINE RESOURCES:

Online Experiences-http://moifa.org/visit/online.html

Yokai-http://collection.internationalfolkart.org/collections/14578/yokai

Ghost Stories- Japanese Ghost Storytelling and Hyakumonogatari kaidankai-https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-Dx1Qh-1tenHeAG66Pv_QEwgLVP3l3jI

Supernatural Get spooked by the history and pop culture of Japanese yôkai-http://www.elpalacio.org/2020/01/supernatural/