Special Talks on “Revisiting Japanese Yokai and Thai Spirits: Perspectives on Art, Culture and Beliefs”

The Special Talks on

Revisiting Japanese Yokai and Thai Spirits: Perspectives on Art, Culture and Beliefs

  Date: Thursday 18 July 2024
  Time 14:00 – 16:30
  Venue Auditorium M Floor @ TCDC Bangkok
The Grand Postal Building, 1160 Charoenkrung Road,
Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
  Admission Fee: Free of Charge
  Language: The talk will be conducted in Thai.
  Registration: https://www.eventpop.me/s/YokaiTalks

The Japan Foundation, Bangkok, in collaboration with Creative Economy Agency (CEA) proudly present the special talks entitled “Revisiting Japanese Yokai and Thai Spirits: Perspectives on Art, Culture and Beliefs” onThursday 18 July 2024, 14:00 – 16:30 at TCDC Bangkok, Auditorium M Floor.

As a part of the “Yokai Parade: Supernatural Monsters from Japan” exhibition, currently being on display at TCDC Bangkok until 28 July 2024, this event is aimed at promoting and fostering a deeper mutual understanding of Japanese Yokai and Thai spirits while providing an opportunity for all attendance to learn and appreciate the rich cultural heritage and artistic expressions of Yokai and spiritual culture, focusing on their respective supernatural entities in Japan and Thailand.

On this occasion, Ms. Kikkawa Naoko, Curator of the Miyoshi Mononoke Museum in Japan, will share the origin and cultural significance of Yokai in Japan, including the introduction of some Yokai stories. She will also unravel the historical context and contemporary development of Yokai culture and art, highlighting successful elements that have kept the essence of Yokai relevant in Japanese folklore and art. It is hoped that her insights and experiences will give rise to mutual learning and understanding of how Yokai culture can inform and inspire broader cultural narratives.

Similarly, Associate Professor Aphilak Kasempholkoon,  from the Faculty of Liberal Arts at Mahidol University in Thailand, will present an engaging session on Thai spirits and monsters. He will delve into the origins and artistic expressions of these entities within Thai folklore, exploring their impact on cultural identity and local traditions. His presentation aims to spark a dialogue on how Thai spirits and monsters reflect the inherent values of Thai culture and how these values can be preserved and promoted in a rapidly changing world.

The event will culminate in a collaborative discussion on the similarities and differences between Japanese and Thai spirits against varied social and cultural backgrounds in both countries. This comparative reflection will be explored through local folklore, stories, art, and cultural perspectives, emphasizing on how these traditions can survive and thrive through creative collaboration while maintaining their inherent identities and cultures.

By bringing together experts from Japan and Thailand, we wish the audience would gain valuable insights into the diversity of cultural contexts and artistic expressions of Yokai and Thai spirits.


13.30 – 14.00 Registration
14:00 – 15.20 Greetings and talks
– Ms. Kikkawa Naoko, Curator of Yumoto Koichi Memorial JAPAN YOKAI MUSEUM (Miyoshi Mononoke Museum) 
– Associate Professor Aphilak Kasempholkoon, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Mahidol University
15.20 – 15.30 Break
15.30 – 16.30 Discussion and Q&A
16.30 – 17.00 Exhibition Tour led by Ms. Kikkawa Naoko

Registration: https://www.eventpop.me/s/YokaiTalks (Limited walk-ins available)

About the speakers

Kikkawa Naoko

Born in 1982 in Hiroshima Prefecture, Kikkawa held her Master’s Degree majoring in modern Japanese art history from Showa Women University. She is currently working as a curator responsible for numerous exhibitions about Yokai culture such as Yokai Parade and Amabie and Amabiko as prophetic beasts at Yumoto Koichi Memorial JAPAN YOKAI MUSEUM (Miyoshi Mononoke Museum).

Aphilak Kasempholkoon

Graduated with PhD majoring in Thai literature from the Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Associate Professor Aphilak is currently a lecturer at the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Mahidol University, Thailand while being a committee member for various national and regional organization in realms of national literature and cultural heritage.  His interests included folklore and cultural anthropology, local legends, rituals, traditions, literature, folk songs, cultural tourism and local wisdom.

About the interpreter

Siriporn Dansakun

She received her B.E. in Architecture, Architecture and Industrial Design Department, Faculty of Engineering, Chiba University, and M.E. in Architectural Planning, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Japan. She currently works as a lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture, Silpakorn University. Having collaborated with The Japan Foundation, Bangkok since 2018, she has helped in various projects, such as being the translator of the pamphlet for the exhibition entitled “Struggling Cities: from Japanese Urban Projects in the 1960s” and the interpreter for the film screening and talks of “Mlabri in the Woods.”

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

For inquiries, please contact: acdept_jfbkk@jpf.go.jp

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