Friday, February 03, 2006
In Paris a couple weekends ago I visited the Japanese Cultural Centre where they were holding an exhibition called YOKAI.
YOKAI is Japanese for 'goblin' & the show featured artwork on paper & long scrolls that depicted goblins, spirits, demons & the supernatural. It was one of the most fun shows I've ever seen & I couldn't draw enough! The catalogue had sold out so I tried to get down as many of these creatures as possible.
Ooh, that's gotta hurt! Apparently demons love to torture humans.
Frogs & toads seem to be held in low regard in Japanese mythology - they're always presented as evil, diabolical or bad omens.
Those really are that squirrel's nuts! He'll have trouble burying THEM this winter!
The exhibition had a trailer playing for Takeshi Miike's latest film 'THE GREAT GOBLIN WAR'. A fantasy film released last year in Japan it was a local effort to create a film similar to The Lord of the Rings but using Japanese mythology. It's aimed at a younger audience but looks mighty entertaining. Should see a European release this year.
There's a great piece on YOKAI in the January section of monsterama.blogspot.com. See also www.obakemono.com