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KANSAI

“Invitation to the Monster World: Tales from Mythic Past”

THE MIHO MUSEUM

by Tomohiro Osaki

Staff Writer

When it comes to mythical monsters, our wild imaginations often envision human-animal hybrids involving intimidating creatures such as lions, snakes and eagles. Such creatures served as inspiration for folk tales and artwork worldwide. Some of these beasts were seen as gods to be worshiped in order to ward off bad luck, while others were believed to be evil influences that needed exorcising.

The Miho Museum is showcasing works related to these fictitious monsters — some from the museum’s own collection, others loaned from museums such as the Ancient Orient Museum, Tokyo, and the National Archaeological Museum of Tajikistan. Featured regions include Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, and China; July 7- Aug. 19.

Miho Museum; (0748) 82-3411; 300 Momodani, Tashiro, Shigaraki-cho, Koka, Shiga; Ishiyama Station, The Biwako Line. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥1,000. Closed Mon. www.miho.or.jp.