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Museum Hopping 25: Ghosts, Demons, and Monsters in Japanese Traditional Art

  • Jul 27, 2013 · 1:00 PM
  • Mitsui Memorial Museum

For this meetup, we are going to check out two exhibitions which showcase Japanese traditional art on the theme of Ghosts, Demons, and Monsters.

Animism plays an important role in Japanese traditional society, and throughout centuries, images of ghosts, demons, and monsters were created by Japanese artists to illustrate unseeable parts of the world.  These images are fascinating because they embody understanding of the world in Japanese traditional society in imaginary way.  It is interesting to see how respect and fear Japanese had towards nature and everything around us are visualized through images of demons and monsters while dark side of human psyche is captured in images of ghost.  Best of all, the representation of these super-natural phenomena can be pretty humorous.

During this meetup, we will travel from Nihonbashi to Yokohama to catch the two exhibitions.  We never traveled this much for a museum hopping, but hopefully, some of you do not mind doing it.  Let's enjoy images of uncanny creatures on a hot summer day.

First Stop: Mitsui Memorial Museum (Access Info)
Exhibition to see:
Yokai: Demons, Folklore Creatures and Gegege no Kitaro
Meeting Spot: Around the ticket booth of the museum
Meeting Time: 13:00 (1:00PM)
Museum Admission Fee:¥1,200
Description of the Exhibition at the museum site


Second Stop: Sogo Museum of Art (Access Info)
Exhibition to see: Yūrei-Yōkai-ga Collections of Fukuoka City Museum
Meeting Spot: Around the ticket booth of the museum
Meeting Time: 16:00 (4:00PM)
Museum Admission Fee: ¥1,200
Description of the Exhibition at the museum site (Japanese)
Description of the Exhibition at Japan Attractions


You do not need to see both exhibitions to participate in this event.  If you prefer, you can check out just one exhibition.  If you choose to do so, please let me know in advance.


Chat session after the show
As usual, let's have a chat session at the end of the event. When we meet up before the exhibition, let's decide where we go after the show.

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  • Reiko

    It was a fun hopping. I saw lots of demons and ghosts through two exhibitions.Some of them looked scary, others were very funny and cute:)

    July 29, 2013

  • Mikako

    Hello Tatsuya -san,

    I am hoping to join from the second museum at Sogo at 4:00pm. Is it ok?

    July 27, 2013

    • Mikako

      Apologies -Tatsuya san I just got back home to get my purse- I will be 30 mins late. Please go ahead without me, I will catch up you guys later. Sorry!

      July 27, 2013

    • Tatsuya

      Ok. See you in the exhibition.

      July 27, 2013

  • Ino

    i will be there in five min.

    July 27, 2013

  • meg

    Hi Testuya san, sorry i have to cancel...I am gonna join next time!

    July 26, 2013

  • Kana

    an appt which i must attend has been scheduled on the same day so taking my name off. have been missing museum mtups lately, quite sad:( hope to join some other time!

    July 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It will b my 1st time to attend some event. Nice to meet u all!!

    July 16, 2013

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