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Pandemonium and ParadeJapanese Monsters and the Culture of Yokai$
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Michael Dylan Foster

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780520253612

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520253612.001.0001

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Natural History of the Weird: Encyclopedias, Spooky Stories, and the Bestiaries of Toriyama Sekien

Natural History of the Weird: Encyclopedias, Spooky Stories, and the Bestiaries of Toriyama Sekien

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(p.30) Chapter 2 Natural History of the Weird: Encyclopedias, Spooky Stories, and the Bestiaries of Toriyama Sekien
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Pandemonium and Parade
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Michael Dylan Foster

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520253612.003.0002

This chapter studies how the earliest illustrated encyclopedias in Japan presented and classified mysterious creatures. It introduces artist Toriyama Sekien, who combined the seriousness of academic encyclopedias with the playfulness of popular comic verse and storytelling in order to document visually the creatures of the invisible world. It shows how Sekien's four yôkai catalogs influenced how people conceived of yôkai. It notes that Sekien's bestiaries contributed to the creation of a clear Japanese otherworldly landscape.

Keywords:   illustrated encyclopedias, Toriyama Sekien, academic encyclopedias, comic verse, storytelling, invisible world, yôkai catalogs, otherworldly landscape

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