The Book of Yokai: Mysterious Creatures of Japanese Folklore

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Product Details

Price
$29.95
Publisher
University of California Press
Publish Date
Pages
336
Dimensions
6.1 X 9.0 X 0.8 inches | 1.0 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780520271029

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About the Author

Michael Dylan Foster is Professor of Japanese, Department Chair of East Asian Languages and Cultures at University of California, Davis. He is the author of Pandemonium and Parade: Japanese Monsters and the Culture of Yokai (California) and numerous articles on Japanese folklore, literature, and media.

Shinonome Kijin is an artist and scholar of yokai. He lives and works in Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

Reviews

"Foster creates engagingly rich portraits of yokai . . . Kijin's illustrations draw on Japanese artistic traditions to depict each creature's personality and visual quirks, making this field guide a delight for researchers, enthusiasts and the uninitiated alike . . . Seen this way, even the most horrific yokai seems beautiful."--The Times Literary Supplement
"Michael Dylan Foster, associate professor of folklore at Indiana University and a yokai expert, analyses and catalogues hundreds of yokai and tells many stories . . . The book is enhanced by witty illustrations by Shinonome Kijin . . . A fascinating and charming compendium."--Literary Review
"Highly recommend . . . . A fascinating read. "--Reference Reviews
"The Book of Yokai is a fascinating and enormously informative study. . . . Foster's narrative is smooth and often humorous. The book is easy to read, and at the same time immensely informative on the complicated and varied ways yokai have existed throughout Japanese history."--Western Folklore