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Yokai Parade: Supernatural Monsters from Japan

Venue: Pao Galleries, 4/F & 5/F, Hong Kong Arts Centre 
Date: 2024.04.05 - 2024.05.05
Time: 10:00 - 19:00 
Price: Free admission 

Presented by: Japan Foundation
Co-presented by: Hong Kong Arts Centre, Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong


Organised by the Japan Foundation and co-presented by the Hong Kong Arts Centre and the Consulate General of Japan in Hong Kong, the latest touring exhibition, Yokai Parade: Supernatural Monsters from Japan, invites the public on an exploration of Japan's yokai and its mysterious culture. From traditional picture scrolls and nishiki-e to everyday toys and films, immerse yourself in the fascinating world of yokai and encounter the supernatural imagination of ancient Japan.

Curated by Mr. Yumoto Kōichi, Director Emeritus of the Yumoto Koichi Memorial Japan Yokai Museum, the exhibition unveils the journey of yokai culture from the Edo period to the present day. Witness the transformation of yokai from fearful entities to charming and friendly presences, celebrated in Japan's traditional summer ghost stories. 

Through exploring the dissemination and inheritance of yokai culture, from the mysterious Night Parade of One Hundred Demons to the vibrant world of yokai depicted in woodblock prints. Discover the unexpected connection between yokai and traditional Japanese games, emphasising their integration into daily life and the diversity and creativity of the yokai artwork.

Join us as we unravel the timeless allure of yokai culture—a captivating journey transcending generations and borders, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the profound mystery of Japan's supernatural heritage. 



Highlighted Exhibits:

Hundred_demons   The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons Picture Scroll (details)
  Edo period
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  The Heavy Basket (New Forms of the Thirty-Six Ghosts) (details)
  Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
  1892
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  New Playful Monster Collection
  Hasegawa Konobu
  Edo period later
Amabie
  Amabie (details)
  Mizuki Shigeru
  1984 (replicated in 2020)