The book of yōkai : mysterious creatures of Japanese folklore /

"Monsters, ghosts, fantastic beings, and supernatural phenomena of all sorts haunt the folklore and popular culture of Japan. Broadly labeled 'yokai, ' these creatures come in infinite shapes and sizes, from tengu mountain goblins and kappa water spirits to shape-shifting foxes and lo...

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Main Author: Foster, Michael Dylan, 1965- (Author)
Format: Book Electronic
Language:English
Published:Berkeley : University of California Press, [2015]
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245 1 4 |a The book of yōkai :  |b mysterious creatures of Japanese folklore /  |c Michael Dylan Foster ; with original illustrations by Shinonome Kijin. 
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505 0 |a Yokai, folklore, and this book -- The language of yokai -- Event becomes object -- Heroes of myth and legend -- Weird tales and weird tastes -- Modern disciplines -- Postwar animation and the yokai boom -- Yokai culture network -- Zone of uncertainty -- The order of yokai -- Wilds -- Water -- Countryside -- Village and city -- Home -- Epilogue. 
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