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Are there boundaries between youkai and humans? This summer, Kawasaki city will have a large set of “Kowa funny” youkais!

KAWASAKI CITY MUSEUM Holding period: 2010.07.06-2010.09.23
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「Youkai / from human fantasy to real」

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Yokai have been feared by people, causing phenomena that can not be explained by science since ancient times. Not only the mysterious phenomena but also the existence of heteromorphism are also transmitted to the youkai. It is a monster that has long been recognized as being beyond human wisdom, but from the Edo period onwards people, sometimes humorous, through the publications typified by "Takuya Hikiki" by Toriyama Ishiya It has been popular with On the other hand, when modern technology is advanced and science and technology are developed, the desires and fears created by human beings become more prominent than the invisible beings like youkai. During the Meiji period, the two foreign wars of the Sino-Japanese War and the Russo-Japanese War emphasized the fear of human affairs.

In this exhibition, the target of the fears and awe that people hold from early modern times to modern times, the transition from youkai to human-from fantasy <other world> to real <real>, is the boundary between "youkai" and "human" Focus on the line, and trace from about 100 points of various collections of the citizen museum.

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Chapter 1 Scared? interesting? Monsters
"Yokai" is known to cause mysterious phenomena as a supernatural existence or to give human fear and anxiety. In addition, at the same time, people have become familiar with it as a mysterious existence that dwells in nature and familiar things. In modern times, a variety of monsters have been created as being known as "blurred" and giving human beings fear and anxiety, and sometimes giving various benefits such as good luck. During the Edo period, when the publishing culture flourished, Ishiyama Toriyama's Illustrated Hakuboku Yashiki was published in 1776, and the figure of the youkai gradually became stylized. As being close to a character that has both fear and humorousness, we will introduce a number of monsters that are popular among people as being scary and pitiful.

"KannagaDuring the year Bungo Hida Nite scout water Torayuki》 Edo period Kawasaki City Museum of Citizens

Chapter 2 Youkai and Human Boundaries
Sometimes, youkai appear in front of people as things that embellish or despise humans. The characteristics will come from the appearance of demons appearing in hell picture scrolls and the appearance of youkai as a satire in society in the Edo and Ukiyo-e period of the Meiji period. In addition, as an entity living in the world of the dead, “ghosts” and “ribs” also appear as part of human beings. From the characteristics of beings located between humans and youkai, we explore the boundaries between youkai and humans.

Toriyama Ishigaki "Drawing Hundred Nightfall" 1776 (Yasunaga 5) Year Paper Motoki Edition Summarization Kawasaki City Museum of Citizens Collection

Chapter 3 Human fear
Yokais that have long been regarded as people's fears and fears, or as part of nature, become one of the disciplines when modern times are reached. In addition, as the mysterious natural phenomena were elucidated as science and technology developed, in contrast, murder and war emphasized the fear of human internality and humanity itself. During the Meiji period, the Sino-Japanese War broke out in 1894, and the Russo-Japanese War began 10 years later. We trace the fear of "humans", focusing on war sketches that record the times of turmoil.

Kobayashi Kiyochika "second army travel order entrance attack noon" 1894 (Meiji 27) large format picture picture three pieces Kawasaki city museum an>

"The highlight is Coco !!"
1 Youkai exhibits Yokai-related materials from the Citizens' Museum, such as “Togura Ishigaki Hyakunin”.
2 We display works related to the Nisshin-Russo-Japanese War, with a focus on war paintings!
3 Special exhibition on the mummy of Yokai "Kuden" in the collection of the ghost writer Kihara Hirokatsu!

Yoshioka Tsukioka "A New Model of Thirty-six Monsters: A map of the leaves of a fox that can be understood by a Doji" 1890 (Meiji 23)

Utagawa Kuniyoshi 源 Source Yorimitsu Kokan 蜘蛛 作 妖 figure184 1843 (Tenbo 14) Around the large format picture three pieces Kawasaki City Museum of Citizens Collection

Utagawa Yoshito "Hairaki no Kiseki" 1868 (Meiji original) Year of the large format picture two pieces Kawasaki City Museum of Citizens Collection

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Yoshioka Tsukioka "Hundreds of Night" 1865 (Keio original) Year of the large format picture two pieces Kawasaki City Museum of Citizens Collection

Youkai / from human fantasy to real
[Date and time] July 6 (Sat)-September 23 (Mon. / Holiday) 9:30-17: 00 (Admission is until 30 minutes before closing)
※ Saturday (July 20th, 27th, August 3rd, 10th and 17th) of the summer vacation period is open until 19:00 (30 minutes before admission)
[Venue] Kawasaki City Museum Planning Exhibition Room 2
[Closed day] Monday, July 16 (Tuesday), August 13 (Tuesday), September 17 (Tuesday) * However, July 15th, August 12th, September 16th, September 23 The day is open.
[Charge] General ¥ 200, age 65 or older, Senior high school student ¥ 150, Junior high school students or less free, Person with a disability certificate etc. and their carers are free
[Organizer] Kawasaki City Museum
[TEL] 044-754-4500 (9: 30-17: 00 excluding closed days)
* Please confirm the details and the latest information on the official site of the Kawasaki City Museum.
* At the same time, if you are looking at the planning exhibition " The world of Nabatata and Kokobi to Mizun " from 7/6 (Sat) to 9/8 (Sun), "Youkai / from human fantasy to real" You can view it for free !!

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