Aug 3, 2013
Yōkai : Demons, Folklore Creatures and GeGeGe no Kitarō, at Mitsui Memorial Museum, Nihonbashi, Tokyo
6th July - 1st September, 2013 | at Mitsui Memorial Museum, Nihonbashi, Tokyo
Yōkai history from the Middle Ages to the Modern period, which leads to the typical modern Yōkai paintings by Manga artist Mizuki Shigeru. The word Yōkai means demons and ghosts from Japanese folklore. A “Yōkai Boom” has been going on for a while in Japan, and NHK’s morning serial drama “GeGeGe no Nyōbō” seems to have boosted public interest even more. Recently, we can even see Yōkai sections in bookstores. To believers, heaven and hell are real places, and we can say the same thing about Yōkai. Even in today’s scientifically advanced world, there does not seem to be much difference between the Yōkai which people in the past believed in and our present image of Yōkai. Whether we believe or not, demons and Yōkai created by our imagination exist in various forms. Demons and Yōkai have a dark and scary image, and our ghoulish curiosity plays a role stimulating our imagination towards those images. In Japan, feeling a shiver from a ghost story is a popular pastime on hot summer nights. It is our hope that visitors of all ages to the exhibition will fully enjoy the world of demons and Yōkai in Japanese art.
# For the details, please access to the followings;
[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/130706mitui.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.mitsui-museum.jp/english/english.html
大妖怪展 ―鬼と妖怪そしてゲゲゲ― （三井記念美術館）