Yokai Parade: Supernatural Monsters from Japan

This exhibition introduces Japan’s yokai (Japanese folkloric imaginary monsters) culture that extends to the present day through picture scrolls and nishiki-e (a multicolored Japanese woodblock print), as well as a diverse range of media, including toys and films.
Japanese yokai have appeared in a variety of tales as characters that express supernatural powers, serving to instill surprise and fear in people. Thereafter, as the development of new technology brought about changes to people’s lives, yokai seem to have gradually become less of a subject of fear and have come to be viewed as a more charming and friendly presence. Japan still has a culture of enjoying kaidan (ghost stories) in the summertime, with yokai seen dominating television and theater screens across the country. This exhibition focuses on the “popularization” of these yokai and invites viewers to explore their profound world of mystery.
*This exhibition mostly comprises fine-quality replicas that were created from the originals in order to make a long-term traveling exhibition possible.

YUMOTO Koichi (Director Emeritus of the Yumoto Koichi Memorial JAPAN YOKAI MUSEUM
[Miyoshi Mononoke Museum])

  • 2024 first semester Hong Kong *TBC
  • November 10 - December 3, 2023
    Malaysian Institute of Art, City Campus (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
  • October 9 - 31, 2023
    Tuanku Fauziah Museum & Gallery, Universiti Sains Malaysia (Penang, Malaysia)
  • July 14 - 30, 2023
    Zhejiang Saili Art Gallery (Hangzhou, China)
  • June 17 - July 9, 2023
    Three Shadows Xiamen Photography Art Centre (Xiamen, China)
  • April 22 - May 7, 2023
    Three Shadows Photography Art Centre (Beijing, China)
  • March 13 - 26, 2023
    Gyeongju Expo Grand Park 1F Exhibition Space (Gyeongju, Korea)
  • January 29 - February 11, 2023
    Doldam Gallery (Jeju, Korea)
  • December 14, 2022 - January 6, 2023
    Public Information and Cultural Center Silk Gallery (Seoul, Korea)
  • September 29 - Nobember 6, 2022
    Auckland Central City Library (Auckland, New Zealand)
  • August 25 - September 5, 2022
    Te Auaha (Wellington, New Zealand)
  • July 12 - August 2, 2022
    Supuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (Surabaya, Indonesia)
  • June 16 - 27, 2022
    Bentara Budaya Jakarta (Jakarta, Indonesia)
  • February 16 - March 14, 2022
    Dogan Tasdelen Contemporary Arts Center (Ankara, Turkey)
  • December 24, 2021 - January 15, 2022
    State Museum of Urban Sculpture (Novosibirsk, Russia)
  • November 12 - December 5, 2021
    State Museum of Urban Sculpture (Saint-Petersburg, Russia)
  • July 9 - October 22, 2021
    Istituto Giapponese di Cultura in Roma (Rome, Italy)
  • April 22 - June 13, 2021
    Slovenski Etnografski Muzej (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Chapter 1: The World of Spectacular Yokai Picture Scrolls

photo of The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons Picture Scroll
The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons Picture Scroll, Edo period (replica)

photo of Picture Scroll of Different Yokai Monsters
Picture Scroll of Different Yokai Monsters, Edo period (replica)

Chapter 2: The Richly Colorful World of Yokai

photo of Minamoto no Yorimitsu Slashes the Tsuchigumo
Minamoto no Yorimitsu Slashes the Tsuchigumo
(New Forms of the Thirty-six Ghosts)

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, 1892 (replica)

photo of Jinmen Story
Jinmen Story,
Saito Gesshin, Edo period (replica)

Chapter 3: Yokai and Play

photo of 53 Stations of Yokai Road, Yokkaichi
53 Stations of Yokai Road, Yokkaichi
Toyohara Kunichika, 1866

photo of Monster Menko
Monster Menko,
Showa era

Chapter 4: Yokai that are Passed Down to Present Day

photo of Osaka Daily No.13
Osaka Daily - No.13
Hasegawa Sadanobu Ⅱ, Meiji era (replica)

photo of Amabie from the Sea of Higo Province
Amabie from the Sea of Higo Province, 1846 (replica)
Main Library, Kyoto University

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