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Outline
The summer of mononoke (specters) -Ghosts and yōkai in Edo culture-
Period Tuesday, July 30 –Sunday,September 8, 2019
Venue Special Exhibition Gallery B, National Museum of Japanese History
Admissions

Adults: ¥600 (¥350)
college students: ¥250 (¥200)
* Fees in parentheses apply to groups of 20 or more.
* Free admission for High school age and below.

Hours 9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (entrance closed at 4:30 p.m.)
* Open hours and days are subject to change.
Closed Mondays (When Monday is a national holiday, the Museum is closed the following Tuesday.)
*The exhibition is opened on Aug. 13

Outline

This exhibition will present various aspects of the ghost story boom in Edo culture, including yōkai images collected during this period such as Hyakkiyagyōzu (Night Procession of One Hundred Demons) and Bakemonoemaki (Picture Scroll of Demons); ghost stories in the entertainment world, such as shows in amusement areas and kabuki plays; and yōkai featuring prominently in warrior prints and caricatures of the late Edo period.

Highlights of the exhibition

* Numerous treasures from one of Japan’s largest collections of ghosts and yōkai can be seen, such as Hyakkiyagyōzu (Night Procession of One Hundred Demons) and Bakemonoemaki (Picture Scroll of Demons), which have a unique stature in art history and folklore.

* You will have a glimpse of yōkai that were part of the world of amusements through pictures on playthings such as on e-sugoroku (board games with dice) and those printed on karuta playing cards.

* This exhibition demonstrates the huge popularity in the late Edo period of kabuki plays with ingenious mechanisms and which featured ghosts.

* You can also see how Hyakkiyagyō (Horde of One Hundred Demons), with thousands of yōkai, played a major role in caricatures in the last days of the Edo period.

Night Procession of One Hundred Demons
Kanō Tōun Masunobu     before 1684
National Museum of Japanese History

Napping Boy Dreaming of Monsters
Kitagawa Utamaro  
ca. 1800
National Museum of Japanese History

Collection of Images of Demons
Tenpō era (1830-1844)
National Museum of Japanese History

Ghost of Executed Asakura Tōgo Tormenting Lord Orikoshi Masatomo, from the kabuki play Higashiyama Sakura Sōshi
Utagawa Kuniyoshi 1851
National Museum of Japanese History

Ghost of Oiwa Emerging from a Lantern at the Hut in Hebiyama, from the kabuki play Manete Mimasu Yotsuya no Kikigaki
Utagawa Toyokuni Ⅲ 1851
National Museum of Japanese History

Monster Cat Emerging at the Ruined Temple in Okazaki, from the kabuki play Onoe Kikugorō Ichidai Banashi
Utagawa Toyokuni Ⅲ 1847
National Museum of Japanese History

Magician Takizawa Tōji Twirling Tops in the Set of Ghost Story Yotsuya Kaidan
Utagawa Kuniyoshi 1844
National Museum of Japanese History

Naoyuki Conquering Monsters Cojured up by an Old Raccon Dog at the Residence of Fukushima
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi 1866
National Museum of Japanese History

The Earth Spider Conjuring up Monsters in the Residence of Minamoto no Yorimitsu
Utagawa Kuniyoshi 1843
National Museum of Japanese History