Shigeru Mizuki’s World of Japanese Yokai Comes to Life in New Tokyo Exhibit

“Betobeto-san” © Mizuki Productions

A monster parade come to Roppongi Hills this summer, and it looks like a treat!

Japan has a long history of creating art from yokai, the ghouls and monsters once thought to lurk in the shadows, but perhaps the most famous modern examples of yokai art are those created by the deceased Shigeru Mizuki. With his manga Gegege no Kitarowhose star yokai were influential in many unusual ways, he became known as the modern master of the yokai genre and is remembered for its whimsical and creepy art style.

2022 marks 100 years since Mizuki was born, and his yokai art will be commemorated with a special exhibition on the 52nd floor of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, a space known as Tokyo City View. Title “Shigeru Mizuki’s Yokai: Night Procession of Monsters ~This Is How Monsters Are Born~“, the exhibition will open on July 8 and will last until September 4 this year, throughout the spooky tale season (which, in Japan, is in summer).

It will be the first large-scale exhibition of Mizuki’s works. True to its name, it will feature a huge range of monsters on display in more than 100 of his original worksincluding characters from Gegege no Kitaro to like nurikabea wall-shaped yokai…

© Mizuki Productions

… original yokai designs like Bakezoria yokai derived from an old dented sandal…

© Mizuki Productions

…and Okamuroa huge cat-born yokai who likes to scare humans will also be on display.

© Mizuki Productions

In addition to Mizuki’s art, valuable yokai literature owned by Mizuki himself will be on display for the very first time, including a famous yokai art and folklore book known as The Illustrated Night Parade of One Hundred Demons (Gazu Hyakki Yagyo) by Edo era ukiyo-e artist Sekien Toriyama, and A Discourse on Yokai (Yokai Dangi)by the father of Japanese folk studies, Kunio Yanagita.

▼ A drawing by Mizuki of the yokai said to prevent the spread of epidemics, Amabie

© Mizuki Productions

the the exhibition space itself will be transformed into a yokai experienceand they also plan special events like guided night tours and yokai encyclopedia workshops for kids, so if you’re a fan of Shigeru Mizuki, yokai art, or Japanese folklore, you’ll definitely want to check it out!

General admission tickets will sell for 2,200 yen (17 USD), but you can save money by ordering in advance or purchasing the discounted pair set, which is available until July 7 . Don’t miss this chance to get up close and personal with the art of Mizuki and the world of yokai! And if you are lucky enough to visit Tottori, we highly recommend that you also visit Shigeru Mizuki Road, where yokai might try to steal your ATM PIN.

Exhibition Information
Shigeru Mizuki’s Yokai Nightly Procession of Monsters ~This Is How Monsters Are Born~ / Shigeru Mizuki’s Youkai Hyakki Yagyo Exhibition – Ghosts Are Born This Way –
Tokyo City View, Tokyo-to Minato-ku Roppongi 6-10-1 Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 52nd Floor
Tokyo City View (Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 52nd Floor, 6-10-1, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Dates: July 8 to September 4
Opening hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (last entry 9 p.m.)

Source, images: PR Times
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