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Pandemonium and Parade: Japanese Monsters and the Culture of Yokai

Michael Dylan Foster

Abstract

Water sprites, mountain goblins, shape-shifting animals, and the monsters known as yôkai have long haunted the Japanese cultural landscape. This history of the strange and mysterious in Japan seeks out these creatures in folklore, encyclopedias, literature, art, science, games, manga, magazines, and movies, exploring their meanings in the Japanese cultural imagination and offering an abundance of valuable and, until now, understudied material. This book tracks yôkai over three centuries, from their appearance in seventeenth-century natural histories to their starring role in twentieth-century ... More

Keywords: water sprites, mountain goblins, shape-shifting animals, yôkai, Japan, Japanese culture, folklore

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780520253612
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520253612.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Dylan Foster, author