Traveling exhibition “Yokai Parade: Supernatural Monsters from Japan”

Traveling Exhibition
Yokai Parade : Supernatural Monsters from Japan

   
 

BANGKOK

 [Duration]Sat 15 June – Sun 28 July 2024 | 10.30 – 19.00
(Closed on Mondays)
 [Admission]Free of charge
 [Venue]TCDC Bangkok, Gallery  FL 1
The Grand Postal Building,
1160 Charoenkrung Road,
Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
 

KHON KAEN

 [Duration]Wed 7 August – Sun 8 September 2024 | 10.30 – 19.00
(Closed on Mondays)
 [Admission]

Free of charge

 [Venue]TCDC Khon Kaen, Gallery  FL 1
123 Mitrapab Rd.,
Amphoe Muang Khon Kaen,
Khon Kaen 40002

The Japan Foundation, Bangkok, in collaboration with The Creative Economy Agency (CEA),  are very pleased to co-organize the traveling exhibition Yokai Parade : Supernatural Monsters from Japan. Curated by Yumoto Koichi (Director Emeritus of the Yumoto Koichi Memorial, JAPAN YOKAI MUSEUM [Miyoshi Mononoke Museum]), this immersive exhibition showcases Japan’s fascinating yokai culture. Yokai are Japanese folkloric imaginary monsters that have captivated people’s imaginations for centuries as have been depicted through a diverse range of media including picture scrolls, nishiki-e (multicolored Japanese woodblock prints), toys, and films.

Five Yokai Monsters Picture Scroll
Edo period
Handscroll

Yokai has long been a part of Japanese folklore tales, embodying supernatural powers that invoke senses of mystery, surprise and fear. As new science and technology have tremendouly brought changes to people’s lives, however, these creatures have gradually evolved from objects of fear to charming and friendly beings. Nowadays, the popularization of yokai is vivid and palpable and undebiably continue being an endearing part of Japanese culture for not only Japanese people but all walks of life around the world.

This exhibition will invite everyone to experience as to how Japanese culture through yokai has transcended borders, captivating audiences worldwide with their timeless allure. Far from relics of the past, these supernatural monsters have attested their presence to resonate in contemporary Japan, reflecting multitudinal aspects of Japanese people, their beliefs, and social changes rooted under the veil of economic and social development. Whether being a seasoned fan of Japanese folklore or simply intrigued by yokai or not, “Yokai Parade: Supernatural Monsters from Japan” will promise an unforgettable journey into the heart of Japan’s rich cultural heritage through these appealing legendary creatures.

The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons Picture Scroll
Edo period/2020
Handscroll (replica)

The exhibition is divided into four main sections, including

Section 1: The Spectacular World of Yokai Picture Scrolls: This section features various elaborate yokai picture scrolls in Edo period. The highlight one is the famous Hyakki Yagyo Emaki (picture scroll of the Night Parade of One Hundred Demons) which continues attracting people’s interest around the world. Also, a variety of works, ranging from playfully humurous ones depecting yokai as if they were human to illustrated reference books detailing each yokai, will be on display to showcase the vast popularity of yokai picture scrolls.

Attack on the Tsuchigumo Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Edo period

Section 2: The Richly Colorful World of Yokai: This part will explore the impact of development of colorful woodblock printing on yokai culture which in turn made the reproduction of yokai works more accesible, affordable and familiar for the public. Particularly, multicolored nishiki-e led to the rise of demand with more diversified contents, propelling yokai to a new stage of familiarization with people.

Section 3: Yokai and Games: As yokai was brought closer to people’s daily life thanks to the soaring popularity of yokai in publication, people became less afraid of yokai and even developed senses of closeness and affection for them. This section will reveal the birth of amicable and almost friendly looking yokai being depicted in numerous traditional Japanese games and toys.

New Playful Monster Collection,
Hasegawa Konobu, Edo period or later/ 2020
Amabiko
Edo period/2020
Drawing on paper (replica)

Section 4: Yokai Passed Down to Present Day: During Meiji period, yokai became an academic discipline as Inoue Enryo, a buddhist philosopher, established “yokai studies” and Yanagita Kunio, a folklore scholar, approached yokai with further research of Japanese people’ thoughts with the natural environment behind yokai creation. Although yokai culture was temporarily suppressed during the war, this last section will focus on their momentum of popularity as can be seen in various non-scary paraphernalia and appearances in manga, anime and games across generations in Japan and their dissemination to other countries.

We hope this exhibition will provide a great opportunity for visitors to delve into the yokaiculture and gain insight of their valid presence and undeniable connection as well as impacts on Japanese art, culture, and society through the ages.


PR photos
Section 1: The Spectacular World of Yokai Picture Scrolls

The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons Picture Scroll
Edo period/2020
Handscroll (replica)
Picture Scroll of Different Yokai Monsters,
Edo period
handscroll (replica)

Section 2:  The Richly Colorful World of Yokai

Yokai Appearing in a Dream to the Retired Emperor Go-Toba
Shūsai,
1865/2020,
Colored woodblock print (replica)
The Heavy Basket (New Forms of the Thirty-six Ghosts)
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, 1892/2020
Colored woodblock print (replica)
The Dream Tales of Ōishi Hyōroku
Edo period
Book bound in Japanese style (replica)

Section 3:  Yokai and Games

53 Stations of Yokai Road, Yokkaichi
Toyohara Kunichika
1866
Colored woodblock print
Monster Menko (Rectangular)
Shōwa era
Card
Monster Menko (Rectangular)
Shōwa era
Card

Section 4:  Yokai Passed Down to Present Day

Osaka Daily – No.13
Hasegawa Sadanobu II
Meiji era
Colored woodblock print (replica)
Amabie from the Sea of Higo Province
1846/2020
Drawing on paper (replica)
Turtle Woman
Edo period
Colored woodblock print (replica)

Contact Information
10th Fl. Serm-Mit Tower, 159 Sukhumvit 21 Rd., Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Tel: 02-260-8560-4
Facebook: jfbangkok  |  Website: https://ba.jpf.go.jp/

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acdept_jfbkk@jpf.go.jp

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