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Let’s go take a look at the ‘Grand Yokai Exhibition’ currently on display!


Yokai (ghost or goblin like creatures) rather than fairies or demon spirits have been beloved in Japan since ancient times. Yokai are said to be a phenomenon born from a feeling of unease and discomfort towards something that cannot be seen with the naked human eye. Yokai continue to be popular in recent years, appearing in Ghibli Studio’s ‘Princess Mononoke’ and the game and animation ‘Yokai Watch’.

The ‘Grand Yokai Exhibition’ currently being held in Tokyo displays strange images of Yokai. Read on for a look at one section of the Yokai exhibit.

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‘Soma no Furudairi’ by Kuniyoshi Utagawa (circa. 1844-48) Private Collection

The origin of Yokai goes way back to the discovery of a clay doll from over 4,000 years ago was

most likely the model for Yokai as we known them. Following its discovery, Yokai appeared in drawings of hell and gender neutral images in the Heian and Kamakura Eras. In the Edo Period, Yokai grew in popularity, becoming an object of entertainment, appearing in Ukiyoe (Japanese woodblock prints) and in theatre.

Important Cultural Property ‘Tsuchigumo Soshi Emaki’ 14th Century Tokyo National Museum Collection

The current exhibition ‘From Eery to Endearing: Yokai in the Arts of Japan’ contains many superior pieces of artwork that have been recognised as National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties. It offers the rare opportunity to take a bird’s eye view of how Yokai transitioned down through the ages. A closer look reveals many strange yet cute Yokai. This is a great chance to see what is being praised as the definitive Yokai exhibit!


‘From Eery to Endearing: Yokai in the Arts of Japan’

Venue: Edo-Tokyo Museum 1F

Tel. No.: 03-3626-9974

Dates: Tuesday 5, July – Sunday 28, August Official Website: http://yo-kai2016.com/

Following its current exhibition, it will be held in Osaka Abeno Harukas Saturday 10, September – Sunday 6, November.

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