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 16, 2022

Vivid in Japanese art and imagination are creatures that are at once ghastly and comical. Yôkai is a catchall word that generally refers to demons, ghosts, shapeshifters, and “strange” and supernatural beings. Yôkai  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”).

The exhibition, Yôkai: Ghosts & Demons of Japan is on display through January 16, 2022. Special exhibition highlights include: narrative arts such as Edo period scroll paintings and woodblock prints; contemporary folk art that depicts yôkai and illustrates their eerie tales; ghost and demon characters from classical noh and kabuki performances; and special festival events. Toys, games, comic books, and anime 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 includes an immersive, family-friendly obake yashiki (a Japanese “monster 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/

View Online Exhibition Site