Japandemonium Illustrated: The Yokai Encyclopedias of Toriyama Sekien
ISBN: 0486800350
EAN13: 9780486800356
Language: English
Publication Date: Jan 18, 2017
Pages: 336
Dimensions: 1.1" H x 10.8" L x 8.2" W
Weight: 3.6 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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A fascinating, scholarly, beautifully illustrated, miscellanea of strange beasts, quelling demons, and otherworldly apparitions. JapandemoniumIllustrated will instruct you, amaze you, and transport you to a quintessential realm of Japanese lore. -- Guillermo del Toro, filmmaker
Such beautiful nightmares -- why bother to wake up? Long before Pokemon took to the streets, the Japanese saw monsters everywhere and in everything. Scholarly without being monstrously studious, Sekien's classic compendia of outlandish everyday demons compiled in this one fiendishly clever volume is sure to enchant even the most rational readers (poor misguided souls ) I sleep less now that I recognize the tenjo-name behind the spots on the ceiling. -- Alfred Birnbaum, editor/translator of Monkey Brain Sushi
Japanese folklore abounds with bizarre creatures collectively referred to as the yokai ― the ancestors of the monsters populating Japanese film, literature, manga, and anime. Artist Toriyama Sekien (1712-88) was the first to compile illustrated encyclopedias detailing the appearances and habits of these creepy-crawlies from myth and folklore. Ever since their debut over two centuries ago, the encyclopedias have inspired generations of Japanese artists. Japandemonium Illustrated represents the very first time they have ever been available in Read More chevron_right

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