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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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Yōkai Culture: Past, Present, Future

Yōkai Culture: Past, Present, Future

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(p.204) Chapter 6 Yōkai Culture: Past, Present, Future
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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/9780520253612.003.0006

This chapter continues the discussion on yôkai in mass media, and explores the yôkai boom that occurred during the 1980s and 1990s. It begins with a section on the J-horror genre, which are composed of Japanese horror films that entered the global market during the late 1990s. It notes that while these J-horror characters became popular internationally, the more traditional yôkai continued to be nostalgic icons of the hometown or furusato. It then introduces the yôkaigaku, a multidisciplinary humanistic study that draws on the various fields of literature, history, and art, to name a few. This chapter also examines some of the famous yôkai characters in media, such as Sadako and the Pokémon (pocket monsters).

Keywords:   mass media, yôkai boom, J-horror, Japanese horror films, traditional yôkai, yôkaigaku, Sadako, Pokémon

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