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KANTO

‘Yokai: Demons, Folklore Creatures and GeGeGe no Kitaro’

Mitsui Memorial Museum

by Alisa Yamasaki

Staff Writer

In collaboration with broadcasters NHK, the Mitsui Memorial Museum continues its annual summer exhibition series with an exploration of the history of the ghosts and demons of Japanese folklore: the yokai. Through an extensive collection of noh masks, handscrolls, ukiyo-e (woodblock prints) and more, the exhibition spans the history of yokai from the Middle Ages to today.

Following the often dark, sometimes humorous, imagery of the Japanese ghouls, this show includes a special yokai painting by Mizuki Shigeru, creator of the widely popular manga “GeGeGe no Kitaro”; July 6-Sept. 1.

Mitsui Memorial Museum; 03-5777-8600; Mitsui Main Building 7F, 2-1-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo; Mitsukoshimae Station, Ginza Line. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥1,200. Closed Mon.(except July 15, Aug. 12), July 16. www.mitsui-museum.jp