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Introduction to the Weird

Michael Dylan Foster

in Pandemonium and Parade: Japanese Monsters and the Culture of Yokai

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520253612
eISBN:
9780520942677
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520253612.003.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

This chapter introduces the various supernatural creatures in Japanese culture. These creatures are often considered as yôkai, which can be translated as monster, spirit, goblin, ghost, demon, ... More


Media of the Weird

Mizuki Shigeru and Kuchi-sake-onna

in Pandemonium and Parade: Japanese Monsters and the Culture of Yokai

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520253612
eISBN:
9780520942677
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520253612.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

This chapter discusses yôkai in the 1970s and 1980s, after Japan's period of fast economic growth. It notes that the trope for this period was the media, and looks at the role yôkai played within ... More


Yōkai Culture: Past, Present, Future

Michael Dylan Foster

in Pandemonium and Parade: Japanese Monsters and the Culture of Yokai

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520253612
eISBN:
9780520942677
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520253612.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

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 ... More


Pandemonium and Parade: Japanese Monsters and the Culture of Yokai

Michael Dylan Foster

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520253612
eISBN:
9780520942677
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520253612.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

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 ... More


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

Michael Dylan Foster

in Pandemonium and Parade: Japanese Monsters and the Culture of Yokai

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520253612
eISBN:
9780520942677
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520253612.003.0002
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

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 ... More


Science of the Weird

Inoue Enryō Kokkuri

in Pandemonium and Parade: Japanese Monsters and the Culture of Yokai

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520253612
eISBN:
9780520942677
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520253612.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

This chapter discusses the intersection of academic discourses and popular recreational practices. It takes a look at yōkaigaku, a discipline created by Inoue Enryō that can rationally explain ... More


Museum of the Weird: Modernity, Minzokugaku, and the Discovery of Yōkai

Michael Dylan Foster

in Pandemonium and Parade: Japanese Monsters and the Culture of Yokai

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520253612
eISBN:
9780520942677
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520253612.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

This chapter explains how writers and scholars in the first half of the twentieth century challenged Enryō's rationalizing objectives and dealt with questions of what place yôkai were to have in a ... More


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